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The matter is being heard by a Bench of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna,
Both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought Chidambaram’s arrest in the INX Media case.
On August 26, the Supreme Court rejected the SLP challenging the order of the Delhi High Court denying him protection from arrest by the CBI, upon noting that the plea had become infructuous. However, the Bench granted him interim protection from arrest by the ED.
The same day, the Special CBI Court at Rouse Avenue Court Complex extended the CBI’s custody of P Chidambaram till August 30. An application was later filed challenging the extension of remand.
Senior Advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are arguing for P Chidamabaram. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Live Updates of today’s hearing follow:
Orders in Chidambaram’s plea seeking anticipatory bail was reserved by the Delhi High Court on January 25 this year. While delivering the verdict on August 20, nearly seven months after reserving it, the High Court observed that a prima facie case was made out. The Court also rejected the argument that the case against Chidambaram was politically motivated.
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 Central Bureau of Investigation (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.