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Chidambaram, crying for freedom on Twitter, to remain in judicial custody

Today in a Delhi court, 74-year-old P Chidambaram applied for homemade food in the Jail citing health-related problems, even as his judicial custody was extended till 17 October

A Delhi court has extended the judicial custody of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram till 17 October in the INX Media case. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar extended his judicial custody after the CBI requested for it.

Chidambaram appeared at the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi earlier today. He is currently in judicial custody and is lodged in Tihar Jail in the capital city. Today in the Delhi court, the 74-year-old politician applied for homemade food in the jail, citing health-related problems.

The CBI had arrested Chidambaram from his house in Jor Bagh on 21 August after registering an FIR against him on 15 May 2017. During his tenure as the country’s finance minister, the INX Media Group allegedly bribed him by way of agreeing to keep his son Karti Chidambaram in a directorial position for a proposed conduit firm to ensure that the media company got an FIPB approval in 2007. INX Media needed this approval to get an FDI worth Rs 305 crore.

Earlier today, P Chidambaram had challenged the Delhi High Court’s decision to cancel his bail in the Supreme Court. The matter may be heard tomorrow in the apex court.

On behalf of Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar jail, his family posted a comment on Twitter, targeting the Narendra Modi government. They demanded how the country under the present dispensation was ensuring freedom, equality and brotherhood as it celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of MK Gandhi.

In another tweet, they wrote, “The brotherhood is completely dead. Racism and bigotry seem to dominate. Equality is a distant dream. All the evidence points to increasing inequality among Indians. Freedom is burning in a slow flame like a weak lamp. Whether it will ignite or extinguish, only time can tell.”

There is also ED’s case against Chidambaram

P Chidambaram had asked the then promoters of INX Media Group, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, to take care of his son when they met him for FIPB approval, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had told the Supreme Court on 23 August. This, the agency said, had protected the Congress leader from arrest till 26 August in the case of money laundering lodged by it.

The ED told the apex court that during the investigation it had found Chidambaram had 11 “immovable properties” and 17 bank accounts abroad and his custodial interrogation was required to unearth the larger conspiracy in the case.

The “most surprising thing” found during the probe was that persons, on whose names the shell companies were created, had executed the will in the name of Chidambaram’s granddaughter, the ED told the apex court.

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