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The hearing in the bail plea filed by former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is presently underway before a three judge Bench of the Supreme Court.
The hearing is progressing before a Bench of Justices R Banumathi, AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy.
Chidambaram had moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Delhi High court denying him bail in the case. On November 20, the Supreme Court had sought the ED’s response on the plea.
Senior Counsels Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi made arguments on behalf of Chidambaram yesterday. Enforcement Directorate (ED) will make their submissions today.
Read an count of yesterday’s hearing here.
Live updates from today’s hearing follow
Submissions for the Enforcement Directorate
The INX Media case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister of India.
It is the case of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED that P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram received illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for the clearance.
Chidambaram was arrested by the ED in connection with the money laundering case on October 16, and was subsequently sent to custody. He was sent to judicial custody on October 30. On November 13, his judicial custody was extended till November 27 and subsequently until December 11. On November 15, the Delhi High Court rejected his bail plea, prompting the present appeal before the Supreme Court.