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P Chidambaram Arrested from Home in INX Media Scam Case, to Be Produced in CBI Court Tomorrow | LIVE Updates

News18.com | August 21, 2019, 11:12 PM IST
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Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram was on Wednesday night arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi, an hour after he made a dramatic appearance at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters. He was taken to the CBI headquarters. Chidambaram earlier appeared at a press conference almost 24 hours after going "incommunicado" in the wake of the Delhi High Court turning down his anticipatory bail plea in connection with the INX Media scam case.

Minutes after his appearance, teams from both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate arrived at his posh Jor Bagh residence. In unprecedented drama, CBI officials scaled the wall of his house to gain access.
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Aug 21, 2019 10:36 pm (IST)

Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala says democracy stands dead in the hands of the BJP. "The shameless witch-hunt & unheard of abuse of CBI/ED by Modi Govt 2.0 is playing on every TV screen in India. It’s a sham and shame that democracy stands dead in the hands of the BJP," he Tweeted. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:26 pm (IST)

P Chidambaram will be produced in CBI court tomorrow. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:25 pm (IST)

CBI director leaves the headquarters. Chidambaram is expected to be grilled for hours tonight at the CBI headquarters. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:18 pm (IST)

Congress says BJP is practicing persecution & vendetta politics.  

Aug 21, 2019 10:04 pm (IST)

P Chidambaram brought to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in Delhi. He will be kept there tonight. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:04 pm (IST)

"My father was fully compliant with the law. There is a judicial process. We will eventually be vindicated," Karti Chidambaram said. 

Aug 21, 2019 10:01 pm (IST)

Karti Chidambaram Speaks at His Residence | Reiterating what he said in his Tweets, Karti Chidambaram is speaking at his residence in Chennai. "This is a witch hunt. Nobody in the history of India was raided 4 timeS, only I was raided 4 times. There is no case as they have'nt filed a chargesheet. This is kind of a spectacle. I was a guest of CBI so I am aware of their working ways". 

Aug 21, 2019 9:55 pm (IST)

Chidambaram's Bail Plea in SC Becomes Infructuous | With P Chidambaram's arrest  by the CBI in INX media money laundering case,  his bail plea before the Supreme Court has become infructuous. He will now have to seek regular bail from the CBI court. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:51 pm (IST)

Watch: Chidambaram taken away by CBI officials. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:49 pm (IST)

P Chidambaram taken away in a car by CBI officials. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:46 pm (IST)

Breaking | CBI arrests P Chidambaram. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:44 pm (IST)

Protestors outside Chidambaram's residence are being removed. CBI is waiting for cops to create a corridor and have asked for more teams. CBI team will then take him through the corridor created for them. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:38 pm (IST)

Area around Chidambaram's residence has been cordoned off by the cops as journalists are being asked to retrieve. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:37 pm (IST)

BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje says she is ashamed that Chidambaram was once India's Finance and Home Minister. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:34 pm (IST)

CBI director and other officials have arrived at the CBI office. P Chidambaram is likely to be brought there for questioning in INX Media case. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:29 pm (IST)

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidamabram’s son Karti Chidambram has termed action against his father as “political witch hunt” as he faces arrest in INX money laundering case. “This is a political witch-hunt. Outrageous media leaks are the preferred tactics of the @dir_ed. I have nothing to do with INX or the FIPB. All my assets and liabilities are duly declared in statutory and regulatory filings. I have repeated this ad nauseam, (sic)” Karti, who is also the MP from Sivaganga constituency, said in a tweet. Read full story here. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:25 pm (IST)

Three CBI teams are at P Chidambaram's residence in Jor Bagh. Although, the ED team has left. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:23 pm (IST)

Karti Chidambaram Tweets, "The drama and spectacle being enacted by the agencies is to simply sensationalise and satisfy the voyeuristic pleasure of some".

Aug 21, 2019 9:21 pm (IST)

Scuffle happening outside Chidambaram's house as his supporters chant his name. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:18 pm (IST)

P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram thanks senior congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi for their support.   

Aug 21, 2019 9:15 pm (IST)

A CBI car has reached Chidambaram's residence. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:11 pm (IST)

ED team has left Chidambaram's residence while the CBI team is still there. Another CBI team is on it's way to his residence. 

Aug 21, 2019 9:09 pm (IST)

In another Tweet, Karti Chidambaram says he has been raided by CBI four times and has been investigated for hours, yet there is no chargesheet against him.  

Aug 21, 2019 9:06 pm (IST)

Watch: A CBI official jumps the gate of Chidambaram's residence to get inside.  

Aug 21, 2019 9:03 pm (IST)

In a Tweet, P Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram, calls the entire situation a political witch-hunt.  

Aug 21, 2019 8:59 pm (IST)

The officials of Enforcement Directorate are also believed to be outside Chidambaram's residence as he faces arrest. 

Aug 21, 2019 8:56 pm (IST)

CBI team outside Chidambaram's Jor Bagh residence. 

Aug 21, 2019 8:54 pm (IST)

CBI Enters Chidambaram's Residence | Dramatic scenes unfold at Chidambaram's residence in Jor Bagh as sleuths of the CBI, including the senior officers, are jumping over the wall to get into his residence. Nearly 20 officials jumped over the wall as the gates had been closed. 

Aug 21, 2019 8:51 pm (IST)

Earlier in the day, the CBI issued a Look Out Circular against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX media case to prevent him from leaving the country as the agency continued its efforts to locate him. Read full report here

Aug 21, 2019 8:50 pm (IST)

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team leaves from AICC headquarters. 

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P Chidambaram Arrested from Home in INX Media Scam Case, to Be Produced in CBI Court Tomorrow | LIVE Updates
entral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials escort Congress leader P Chidambaram from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

The Supreme Court earlier listed for August 23 Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea seeking protection from arrest in the INX Media case. No mention of Chidambaram's plea was made in court after the Ayodhya land dispute hearing came to an end on Wednesday. A team of officers from the CBI arrived at Chidambaram’s posh Jor Bagh residence late last night but could not find him home. The high court denied the anticipatory bail plea to Chidambaram, saying he seems to be the "kingpin" and "key conspirator" in the case and needs to be interrogated in custody for the investigation to be effective.

Holding that the INX media scam was a "classic case of money laundering", the court said the twin facts which have weighed to deny pre-arrest bail to Chidambaram are "gravity" of the offence and "evasive" replies given by him to questions put to him while he was under protective cover extended to him by the court.

Chidambaram, 73, also failed to get any immediate relief from the Supreme Court that was approached shortly after the high court cancelled the interim protection from arrest, paving the way for the CBI and the ED to apprehend him.

The CBI team, which reached Chidambaram’s home hours after the high court verdict, left the premises after confirming he was not present. A team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also arrived later.

The CBI team, which comprised a few officials of the superintendent of police rank, did not make clear if it had gone to his residence to arrest Chidambaram for alleged irregularities in foreign investment clearance to INX media during his tenure as finance minister.

Officials said that the team returned to the CBI headquarters and discussed with senior officers the future course of action.

Later on Tuesday night, the CBI again visited Chidambaram's house and pasted a notice on the gate. Signed by CBI investigating officer and Deputy Superintendent of Police R Parthasarathy, it directed the former minister to present himself within two hours of the receipt of the notice for further investigation in the case. The communication was emailed to Chidambaram as well.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister. Afterwards, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018.

The Congress party questioned the actions of the probe agencies against Chidambaram, asking what was the tearing hurry when the Supreme Court was slated to hear his appeal on Wednesday morning.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Chidambaram has sought an appeal in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. "His bail was rejected today but what was the urgency for the ED and the CBI to haunt him tonight?" he asked. “This is not a criminal trial. What is happening today is not good for democracy.”

Party leader Manish Tewari, in a tweet, said, "Unrelenting, insidious and vindictive persecution of P Chidambaram and his family is an insult to the rule of Law as it stands constituted in a democracy."

Chidambaram maintained a stoic silence and kept himself away from the media after the judgment. When the news of this setback reached him, the former finance minister was in the Supreme Court along with a few junior lawyers.

Chidambaram met senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Salman Khurshid, all Congress leaders, in the apex court for deliberating his further course of action.
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