Former Union Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested by Enforcement Directorate after questioning him at Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with INX media scam. The Court had given ED the permission to arrest Chidambaram after interrogation.
According to the reports, Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Wednesday morning had reached Tihar Jail to interrogate senior Congress leader P Chidambaram after a special court in Delhi on Tuesday allowed three ED officials to interrogate the former Home Minister in INX Media money laundering case.
The ED team arrested scam accused Chidambaram after interrogating him for 30 minutes in connection with the matter. Chidambaram’s wife Nalini and son Karti, who is also one of the accused in the case, was also present at the Tihar jail this morning to meet him.
On Tuesday, the ED had moved two applications to formally arrest and seek the custody of P Chidambaram for money laundering in the INX Media case. Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar had allowed the ED to interrogate the Congress leader and arrest him if deemed necessary.
The ED’s plea was strongly opposed by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, who said that the CBI has already taken remand and ED has no ground since the offence is same. Sibal had also opposed interrogation inside court premises citing ‘dignity of court proceedings’.
P Chidambaram has been in custody since August 21 and is currently lodged in the Tihar jail. He is under the scanner of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case in which he is accused of misusing his position as India’s finance minister and granting several clearances to the INX Media company.
Chidambaram has moved to the Supreme Court seeking bail in the INX Media case. The CBI has been objecting his bail on the ground that he might influence witnesses.