A special court on Wednesday sent former finance minister P. Chidambaram to judicial custody till 11 December in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Chidambaram was produced before special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar.

The veteran Congress leader has spent over three months in the custody of investigative agencies and in Tihar jail since his arrest on 21 August.

On the last date of hearing on 21 November, the special court had allowed the probe agency to interrogate Chidambaram in Tihar jail on 22-23 November.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday also heard Chidambaram’s regular bail plea who is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ED.

A three-judge bench comprising justices R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy heard the arguments at length by senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who are both representing Chidambaram.

Sibal started his arguments by saying that, “It is the 99th day since P. Chidambaram is in jail. The ED had not interrogated him till 22nd November." He said it was only later that Chidamabram was asked questions, in 23 parts, regarding something related to 2018.

“The high court has rejected the bail on the gravity of the offence but there are no emails, SMS, no undisclosed bank account, no undisclosed profit," said Sibal.

Singhvi stated that “extraordinary care should be used in cases of terrorists, child molesters and repeat offenders and that is not the case here." He also reiterated that the triple test—flight risk, tampering with evidence and influencing witness—was rejected by the high court, yet bail was not granted to Chidambaram. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta representing ED will make his submissions on Thursday in the Supreme Court.

Earlier in the day, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party’s general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid a visit to Chidambaram. Congress has been of the view that its top leaders should show solidarity with the former finance minister.

PTI contributed to this story.

Close