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A Special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue Court Complex in Delhi is hearing the application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking custody of former Union Minister P Chidambaram.
The ED had moved the Special CBI Court last week seeking Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation. Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar had then ordered the production of P Chidambaram before Court.
ED had sought his custodial interrogation on the ground that it was necessary to help uncover the laundering of proceeds of crime which have been parked in foreign countries.
Live updates of today’s hearing follow:
Arguments by Kapil Sibal:
Arguments by SG Tushar Mehta:
Sibal’s rejoinder arguments:
Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in connection with the INX Media case on August 21, a day after the Delhi High Court denied his anticipatory bail plea. Subsequently, Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Supreme Court.
After the expiry of the maximum time period of police custody, the Court had remanded Chidambaram to judicial custody on September 5. On September 13, Chidambaram’s surrender application in connection with the ED case was dismissed by the CBI Court after the agency contended that it did want his custodial interrogation at that time. The ED had then clarified that it would move the Court for Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation at the appropriate time.
The INX Media case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media at the time when P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.
It is the case of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram received illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for the clearance.