Former finance minister P. ChIdambaram. (Photo: HT)
Former finance minister P. ChIdambaram. (Photo: HT)

INX Media case: Special CBI court extends Chidambaram's ED custody till 30 OCT

  • Senior advocate Kapil Sibal opposed the plea of extension of policy custody sought by the agency
  • Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for ED had sought 7 more days of custodial interrogation

NEW DELHI : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court on Thursday extended the police custody till October 30 in the ED case of INX Media.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for ED had sought 7 more days of custodial interrogation. He said that the senior Congress leader needs to be confronted with more documents and statements of other people.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal opposed the plea of extension of policy custody sought by the agency. He argued that ED hasn't confronted the former finance minister with any witness till now even when he was in custody during these last 7 days. He further submitted that Chidambaram is keeping unwell.

Earlier in the day, Delhi high court issued notice to ED on the bail application moved by P. Chidambaram.

Chidambaram was taken into custody by the ED following an investigation into the money laundering charges connected to the case.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had 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 2019.

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