Congress stalwart and former Union Minister P Chidambaram will celebrate this year’s Diwali festival with the inmate of Tihar Jail as the court has extended his Enforcement Directorate’s custody till October 30.
A Special Court has extended Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand of Congress leader P. Chidambaram till 30th October in INX media case. His health checkup to be done at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). (File pic) pic.twitter.com/cSZYftt2lU
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Seeking extension of Chidambaram’s custody, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked for further custody arguing that the Congress minister needs to be confronted with documents showing beneficial ownership of his family members.
Representing Chidambaram, senior advocate Kapil Sibal pleaded that his client is not doing well and should be sent to Hyderabad for treatment. However, Mehta replied back saying that he can be treated in AIIMS in Delhi. Special CBI court judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar ordered the extension of custody of P Chidambaram while directing his health check-up be done at AIIMS, Delhi.
Earlier in the week, P Chidambaram had a temporary reprieve after the Supreme Court granted bail to the beleaguered leader in the CBI case. The order that was delivered by a bench of Justices R Banumathi, AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, instructed him not to leave the country without permission. The court also asked Chidambaram to submit a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of like amount each.
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.