New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain Congress leader P Chidambaram’s plea challenging the dismissal of his anticipatory bail in a corruption case lodged by the CBI in the INX media scam.
The Supreme Court said his petition has become infructuous as Chidambaram has already been arrested by the CBI. A bench comprising justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna said Chidambaram is at liberty to seek a remedy in accordance with the law.
Chidambaram, whose CBI custody is ending on Monday evening, will be produced before a trial court where the agency can further seek his custody. At present, the apex court bench is hearing issues relating to the money laundering case lodged by the ED in connection with the INX media scam.
A Delhi court on Friday refused to adjourn the Aircel-Maxis case against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the pleas by CBI and ED, which sought the adjournment saying that another case pertaining to INX Media involving them was pending before the Supreme Court. Special Judge OP Saini took strong objection to the agencies seeking repeated adjournments, saying “things have become very embarrassing for me”.
The court then reserved order on Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail application for 3 September extending the interim protection from arrest to them till then. It, however, gave liberty to CBI and ED to argue anytime before that date.”I do not find any merit in the application of agencies to adjourn the matter. Why you (CBI, ED) asking adjournments day after day? You are making such arguments for a year.
“Thing have become very embarrassing for me. You have been seeking adjournment day after day. Put up for orders for 3 September. They can argue before that whenever they may argue,” the court said. It said that both the matters Aircel Maxis and INX Media were different. On agencies’ argument that both cases involved FIPB approvals, the court said there were hundreds were such matters.