Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has been languishing in CBI custody for the past couple of weeks. However, his spirits remain undaunted. While he was being taken into CBI custody as per the directions of the Supreme Court, he told the media waiting for a glimpse of him, “5%. What is 5%? Do you remember 5%?”
The accused in INX Media scam and under investigation in a host of other cases of alleged fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, Chidambaram doesn’t appear especially concerned. Maintaining a courageous face in the face of adversity appears to be an art the Chidambarams have mastered over time. Not too long ago, his son, Karti Chidambaram, was in a celebratory mood as well while being taken into CBI custody.
Chidambaram’s bravado, however, appears only to be reserved for media interactions. Only yesterday, Chidambaram was begging the Supreme Court through his legal representative Kapil Sibal to not send him to Tihar jail.
The Chidambaram family has held immense power and wealth during their years in politics. Often known for their arrogant statements and ‘holier than thou’ stance, P Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail had been extended over 20 times by a CBI special court before his eventual arrest last month.
P Chidambaram was arrested on August 21 and sent to Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) custody in connection with the INX Media case after a high-intensity drama involving officials climbing up walls after the Congress leader locked himself up in his home.
Earlier, P Chidambaram has been remanded for 4 days twice, and his second remand was to end on the 30th of August when A Delhi court extended the CBI custody of the Congress leader by another three days till 2nd September. The close aide of the Nehru-Gandhi Parivar, it seems, will have sufficient time to ponder upon the GDP from the safe space of CBI custody for the foreseeable future.