Hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant any protection from arrest to former Union finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX media case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a notice to him, asking Chidambaram to appear before the probe agency within two hours of receiving the note. The CBI and the ED are on the lookout for the Congress leader, who continues to remain untraceable.
Meanwhile, the legal team of Chidambaram has requested the probe agencies not to take any action till a hearing at the Supreme Court. The apex court said that Chidambaram's petition will be placed before the Chief Justice of India.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is in deep legal trouble as he faces arrest in what is dubbed the INX media case, in which he is accused of alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to a media company as Finance Minister in the Congress-led UPA government at the instance of his son Karti, who allegedly received kickbacks for his role.
INX Media case: A timeline of developments
SC refuses urgent listing of plea
Supreme Court refuses urgent listing of Chidambaram's petition against the Delhi High Court order
Modi govt using ED, CBI to character assassinate Chidambaram, claims Rahul Gandhi
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to condemn the misuse of the power of the CBI and ED by the Centre. "Modi's Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power," tweeted the Congress leader.
Modi's Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 21, 2019
I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power.
CBI, ED file caveat in Supreme Court against Chidambaram's petition
Chidambaram being shamefully hunted down for exposing govt: Priyanka Gandhi
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra came out in support of Chidambaram and slammed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government for targeting the senior party leader for speaking out the truth.
Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi said, "An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as finance minister and home minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government."
"We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are," tweeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Where is Chidambaram?
- Chidambaram missing since yesterday
- CBI made 4 visits to ex-FM's house in 12 hours
- CBI team camped out now on Chidambaram's lawn
- Chidambaram's phone switched off since yesterday
- Chidambaram's last trace location: Lodhi road
Kapil Sibal, Chidambaram's legal team inside CJI courtroom
Currently, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and members of Chidambaram's legal team are inside the court of the CJI.
ED issues lookout notice for Chidambaram
The Enforcement Directorate has put out a lookout circular for senior Congress leader Chidambaram, who has not been seen since the Delhi High Court denied him protection from arrest, after which the CBI visited his Delhi home several times.
Chidambaram files special leave petition in SC
Chidambaram's legal team, led by advocate and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, filed a special leave petition in Supreme Court, seeking interim relief after the Delhi High Court denied his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case. READ FULL STORY HERE
Supreme Court moves matter to CJI
Justice NV Ramana said that the matter will be placed before CJI Gogoi for orders on urgent hearing. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for Chidambaram, said it is an urgent matter which needs to be heard immediately. "I'm sending this to the CJI immediately," said Justice Ramana.
The CBI has pasted a notice outside Chidambaram's residence at 12 am on Tuesday night and gave a notice of two hours to appear.
What is the INX media case
The INX Media case of money laundering pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the media group for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 307 crore when Chidambaram was the Union finance minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
Chidambaram is in legal trouble as the Delhi High Court refused to grant him anticipatory bail in the INX media case. Chidambaram's lawyers had challenged the Delhi HC's order which rejected his request for protection from arrest. The Delhi HD said that Chidambaram seems to be the "kingpin" and "key conspirator" who needs to be interrogated in custody.