CBI Expands Probe Against P Chidambaram; FDI Clearances to Other Companies Also Under Scanner | The CBI has expanded the probe against former finance minister P Chidambaram, bringing under its ambit foreign investment clearances given to companies other than INX media during his tenure, officials said Thursday. The CBI suspects that Chidamabaram and his son Karti also received kickbacks from other companies to facilitate foreign investment clearances through the FIPB route which necessitates the former minister's custodial interrogation. Both Chidambaram and Karti have strongly denied allegations of corruption levelled by the CBI. Read full story here.
After his arrest, doctors from the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital conducted his medical examination at the CBI headquarters. Chidambaram was kept overnight in the No. 5 suite of the CBI Guest House on the ground floor of the agency headquarters, said sources.
CBI vs Chidambaram Courtroom Drama: Terse Arguments, Tense Moments in Packed Room No. 502 | From 2 pm on Thursday, the Rouse Avenue Road, where the special court complex of the Central Bureau of Investigation is located, started buzzing with activity. Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha arrived one after the other to defend their party colleague and former finance minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested last night in a case of corruption in the INX Media scam. Read the full courtroom drama here.
Actions Against Chidambaram, Raj Thackeray 'Political Vendetta': NCP Spokesperson | The NCP on Thursday smelt "political vendetta" behind the CBI and ED's actions against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, respectively. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik alleged it was the Modi government's "model" of "misusing" probe agencies to harass opposition leaders who speak up against it and added people will see through the developments. Read full story here.
Disbelief Grips Chidambaram Supporters in His Native Tamil Nadu Village | A sense of disbelief and outrage was palpable among supporters of Congress leader P Chidambaram in and around his native village of Karaikudi in Sivaganga district over his arrest, even as a section of people expressed indifference and some outrightly opposed him. Read full story here.
Courts Will Take Action on Chidambaram Case, BJP Leader Kishan Reddy Flays Cong for ‘Vendetta Politics’ Jibe | Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy has said that the case against Chidambaram will take its own course of action. The Union Minister condemned the comments of the congress, claiming that the BJP is indulging in vendetta politics. Kishan Reddy further said that there is no role of the government or the BJP with regard to Chidambaram’s arrest.
Supreme Court to hear P Chidambaram's bail plea in CBI and ED cases tomorrow. Previously, the ED hearing was supposed to happen on 27th but it will now be held tomorrow.
INX media case: Supreme Court bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice AS Bopanna will hear tomorrow pleas of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram filed against the Delhi High Court’s order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in cases of CBI and ED pic.twitter.com/X31n5aRhbu— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
Chidambaram's Arrest an Attempt to Silence Him from Protesting Against BJP's Misdeeds: Adhir Ranjan | Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Thursday criticised the BJP government for pursuing vendetta politics against the party's leaders and said former union finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested as he was vocal on corruption by the saffron party leaders."The sole intention is to malign P Chidambaram and the Congress," he said. Continuing his attack, Chowdhury said the "Proactive CBI becomes an inactive probe agency when it comes to investigation of graft cases against BJP leaders. This is nothing but vendetta politics against Congress leaders".
Cong's Support for Corruption on Display, Says BJP | The BJP on Thursday dubbed the INX media case, in which the CBI has arrested former Union minister P Chidambaram, a "scam" of massive corruption and heaped scorn on the Congress for defending him, saying the party's support for graft was on display. "Looting the country was their (Congress) only mission and therefore law is now catching up. We don't interfere in the works of the CBI or any probe agency. Law will take its own course, but now the Congress is united for protecting the corrupt. It is in support of corruption and this is on display," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Happening Right Now Inside The Courtroom | Congress leader Harish Rawat is seen speaking with P Chidambaram. Karti Chidambaram is using his mobile & sharing anecdotes. Order was supposed to come at 5:28. 30 minutes & counting, a small room packed with over 100 humans are eagerly wait for the order. Lawyers outside the courtroom are saying that it might take another 15 minutes for the verdict to be announced.
Lawyers Dismiss Chidambaram's Contention, Say Accused Not Required to be Named in FIR | Dismissing P Chidambaram's contention that since he was not named in the FIR filed by the CBI in the INX Media case he could not be arrested, legal experts said an FIR is registered in respect of commission of an offence and offenders are identified during the investigation.
Chidambaram's CBI plea will be heard in the Supreme Court tomorrow. Although, Chidambaram's arrest has made the hearing fruitless. Read full story here.
ED case hearing is still on for 27th August.
P Chidambaram's son calls Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi's arguements a masterclass.
It’s a privilege to hear @KapilSibal and @DrAMSinghvi in court. Master class. They should video record all court proceedings. Will be most useful to all students of law, particularly those interested in court craft.— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) August 22, 2019
Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsels for Chidambaram, are waiting outside the CBI court for the judge to announce his decision.
Congress lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi outside CBI Court after hearing on former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's bail in INX media case. CBI Court has reserved its order on an application of CBI seeking 5-day remand of P Chidambaram in the case. pic.twitter.com/gTP67Ade6U— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
Congress Workers Protest at CBI Bhopal Office over Chidambaram's Arrest | Congress workers staged a protest outside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in Bhopal on Thursday to denounce the arrest of senior party leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram by the central agency. Congress workers holding placards with messages alleging "misuse" of the CBI gathered outside the agency's office in the Char Imli area and staged a noisy protest. We have gathered here to protest against the misuse of the CBI against opposition leaders, especially those raising questions over the functioning of the BJP government at the Centre, said Suraj Tiwari, secretary, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says CBI is merely asking for court's permission to interrogate Chidambaram.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta arguing for CBI says right to interrogate is my duty, duty to the nation under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC ). We are merely seeking court’s permission to interrogate the accused further #Chidambaram— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues that Chidambaram also has the right to defend himself, thus, he should be allowed to speak in the court if we wants.
When P Chidambaram said in court he wants to speak, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected & said he is being represented here by two senior advocates. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said there is Delhi HC Judgement that allows the accused to make a representation on his behalf. https://t.co/l8tCFju8RB— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
Congress leader P Chidambaram exits the CBI special court after the hearing on Thursday. (PTI)
His son Karti Chidambaram, who was on his way to Delhi in the morning, slammed the arrest and said, “I have been a CBI guest for 11 days and still no chargesheet has been filed against me... all the drama that unfolded yesterday was just for the pleasure of a few and for TV theatrics. My father has appeared for every CBI summon.”
The CBI, which had been looking for the 73-year old Chidambaram since Tuesday after his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Delhi High Court, got his whereabouts when the Congress leader himself dramatically appeared on camera at the Congress headquarters in the evening to make a press statement.
Rejecting reports of him evading the law, Chidambaram had told reporters that the charges against him and his son were "nothing further from truth".
Flanked by senior Supreme Court lawyers and party colleagues Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chidambaram said he was working with his lawyers through the last night, preparing his papers for his bail application, which was filed before the Supreme Court earlier.
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