Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is currently out on bail for his involvement in the multi-crore INX Media scam, is set to address the media at the Congress headquarters on Thursday afternoon.
I WILL ADDRESS THE MEDIA LATER TODAY (DEC 5th) AT 12.30 pm at AICC.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 5, 2019
On his release yesterday, the court had put up condition that he could not speak to media on INX case. The scam accused Chidambaram, who was released from Tihar jail on Wednesday after spending over a 100 days in prison, tweeted today morning to state that he was be addressing media later today.
While granting the regular bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Wednesday had put certain conditions for granting bail that included orders not to give any press interviews or make public statements on the case. He was also asked to furnish bail bonds of Rs. 2 lakh.
Apart from these conditions, the passport of the accused would remain confiscated and he would not be able to leave the country without permission. He was also directed to make himself available for interrogation. The court had also ordered him to not intimidate any case witnesses.
The bail to Congress leader P Chidamabaram comes after over 106 days in custody. As the SC granted the bail, it also criticised the Delhi HC for making observations on the merits of the case. The SC has noted that despite the triple test being found on Chidambaram’s favour, observations were made on merit. The SC observed that the accused has participated in the investigation.
Former Union minister was arrested by the CBI after a high-level drama where CBI officials had to scale the walls of his residence on August 21. After 58 days under the CBI custody, the SC had granted him bail in the CBI case.
But the ED had taken the custody of Chidambaram on October 17, before his bail order came for the CBI case. So he had remained lodged in Tihar all this while.
P Chidambaram is accused in the INX Media scam which involves charges of bribery and lobbying in granting foreign investments worth over Rs 300 crores to INX Media. INX Media was later known as NewsX, it was owned by Peter and Indrani Mukherjee of the sensational Sheena Bora murder case. Chidambaram is accused of misusing his power as the finance minister to grant INX Media an FIPB clearance.