Former Union Minister P Chidambaram was sent to the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which arrested him on Wednesday evening alleging that he was not cooperating with the investigation.
However, Chidambaram contended that he answered all the questions of the agency the one and only time he was questioned in the case. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said, “Considering all the facts, custody is justified”.
Chidambaram’s legal team had argued that the CBI’s contention was not justified and that he had not been asked about alleged kickbacks to his son Karti Chidambaram during his questioning on June 6, 2018.
In his special submission to the court, Chidambaram confirmed it, and asked the judge to refer to the transcript of his questioning by the agency, which is part of the case diary.
Pointing out that no new developments have taken place Chidambaram said that there was no question of his fleeing the country, nor was he tampering with the evidence, and so, there was no reason for any custodial interrogation.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is part of Chidambaram’s legal team said: “This case is completely based on a case diary and a statement of another accused.”
Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram and son Karti Chidambaram were present in court. The judge said while in custody, the 73-year-old will undergo medical examination every 48 hours. He would also be allowed to meet his family members and counsels for half-an-hour every day.
The former minister would be locked up in the guest house floor of the CBI building, where he spent the night after his dramatic arrest on Wednesday.
INX Media Case:
Investigators allege that Chidambaram facilitated a huge transfusion of foreign funds to INX Media which was owned by former media baron Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani Mukerjea. Chidambaram who was the Union finance minister had his son Karti Chidambaram receive kickbacks for the arrangement.
Indrani Mukerjea who has turned approver in the case, has alleged that Chidambaram instructed them to help Karti Chidambaram in his businesses in exchange for the approval for foreign investment.
Peter and Indrani Mukerjea are currently in jail in connection with the murder of Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora.
Source : Various