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Allegations against Chidambaram Serious, Says Court; Sends Him to CBI Custody till Monday | LIVE Updates

News18.com | August 22, 2019, 9:13 PM IST
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Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested by the CBI Wednesday night from his residence in connection with INX media corruption case amid high drama, was produced in a special CBI court today. After a hearing that lasted for close to three hours, the court gave the central probe agency custody of the Congress leader till August 26. A CBI spokesperson earlier said Chidambaram was arrested on the basis of a warrant issued by a competent court.

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.
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Aug 22, 2019 8:48 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 8:34 pm (IST)

Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram after he was produced in a CBI court in the INX media case, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 22. 

Aug 22, 2019 8:22 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 8:19 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 8:06 pm (IST)

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. 
     

Aug 22, 2019 7:46 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 7:38 pm (IST)

Court has asked CBI to ensure that personal dignity of Chidambaram is not violated in any manner. 

Aug 22, 2019 7:36 pm (IST)

Reasons Why CBI Got Chidambaram's Custody:

* Allegations against Chidambaram are serious.

* Case requires in-depth and detailed investigation.

* Money trail needs to be ascertained.

* Enormity of money require in-depth probe.

* Custodial interrogation may be useful and fruitful. 

Aug 22, 2019 7:28 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 7:22 pm (IST)

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".

Aug 22, 2019 7:03 pm (IST)

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.

Aug 22, 2019 6:51 pm (IST)

Chidambaram being taken away from court. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:48 pm (IST)

Chidambaram is now on his way to the CBI headquarters. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:46 pm (IST)

Medical test of Chidambaram has to be conducted in accordance with the law, Court tells CBI. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:45 pm (IST)

Following the vredict, security has been beefed up again at CBI headquarters.   

Aug 22, 2019 6:39 pm (IST)

Chidambaram's family can meet him for 30 mins daily. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:37 pm (IST)

CBI gets P Chidambaram's custody till August 26th. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:26 pm (IST)

CBI is also investigating the trail of payments in other companies relating to the case. 

Aug 22, 2019 6:18 pm (IST)

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.  

Aug 22, 2019 6:07 pm (IST)

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.

Aug 22, 2019 5:58 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 5:53 pm (IST)

Verdict to be Announced Shortly | The court is expected to announce the verdict any time now. 

Aug 22, 2019 5:36 pm (IST)

P Chidambaram's son calls Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi's arguements a masterclass. 

Aug 22, 2019 5:25 pm (IST)

Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsels for Chidambaram, are waiting outside the CBI court for the judge to announce his decision.  

Aug 22, 2019 5:23 pm (IST)

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar heard the arguments of CBI and Chidambaram's counsel for over one-and-a half-hour. The judge said he will pronounce the order after 30 minutes. The CBI is seeking five day custodial interrogation of Chidambaram in the INX media case.   

Aug 22, 2019 5:08 pm (IST)

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).

Aug 22, 2019 4:59 pm (IST)

Court reserves order for 30 minutes. 

Aug 22, 2019 4:58 pm (IST)

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says CBI is merely asking for court's permission to interrogate Chidambaram.  

Aug 22, 2019 4:54 pm (IST)

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. 

Aug 22, 2019 4:50 pm (IST)

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says Chidambaram has tremendous potential of not cooperating in probe because he is highly intelligent. Mehta also says that even Chidambaram's son Karti underwent custodial interrogation in the case. 

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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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