P Chidambaram (Mint file)
P Chidambaram (Mint file)

INX Media case: Delhi HC issues notice to ED

  • Justice Suresh Kumar Kait will next hear the matter on 4 November
  • Former union minister P Chidambaram has claimed in his plea that his arrest was malafide and done with the intention of harming his reputation

New Delhi: The Delhi High court on Thursday issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram's bail application in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the agency.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait will next hear the matter on 4 November.

Chidambaram has claimed in his plea that his arrest was malafide and done with the intention of harming his reputation. He also claimed that he did not have the propensity to evade the process of law, and has been available for the 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 currently out on bail.

Chidambaram was taken into custody by the ED following an investigation into the money laundering charges connected to the case. He would be produced in the special court on 24 October.

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 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 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 the ED dates back to 2018. Chidambaram was arrested on 21 August.


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