New Delhi: A special court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of former union minister P. Chidambaram till 17 October.

Chidambaram was produced in the court today. Earlier today, the senior Congress leader had moved the Supreme Court, seeking bail in the INX Media corruption case after being denied the same by the Delhi high court.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, mentioned the matter before the bench of justices NV Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna, and Krishna Murari. Justice Ramana directed the plea to be placed before the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for listing.

The Delhi High Court on 30 September had dismissed the bail plea of the veteran Congress leader in the money laundering and corruption case related to INX Media. Justice Suresh Kait had then said that Chidambaram was not a flight risk but can possibly influence witnesses.

A special court on 19 September had extended the senior Congress leader’s judicial custody till 3 October. Chidambaram was arrested on 21 August from his Delhi residence, and has been lodged in Tihar jail since 5 September.

The Central Bureau of Investigation registered an FIR in May 2017 for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was the finance minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-1 government. Thereafter, the enforcement directorate lodged a money laundering cases against him.

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