New Delhi: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court for bail in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Chidambaram claimed in his plea that his arrest was malafide and done with the intention to harm his reputation. He also claimed that he did not have the propensity to evade the process of law, and has been available for investigation throughout.
The investigation agency did not recover or elicit anything incriminating from the senior Congress leader and no incriminating documents or material were seized during searches by the agency, the plea said.
The former finance minister further pleaded that all other accused are out on bail.
The matter is likely to be taken up by the court on Thursday.
Chidambaram was taken into custody by the ED following an investigation into the money laundering charges connected to the case. He would be produced on 24th October in the special court.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Delhi High Court order and granted bail to former finance minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The top court order came after 61 days after the senior Congress leader’s arrest.
The CBI, on 15 May 2017, had registered an FIR against Chidambaram for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance provided to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of ₹305 crore in 2007 when he was the finance minister.
The money laundering case by ED dates back to 2018. Chidambaram was arrested on 21 August.