Just days after former union finance minister P. Chidambaram was sent to judicial custody by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, the sitting parliamentarian, “tweeted" in defence, saying there was no reason for him to be charged by the investigating agencies.
In his post on Twitter, Chidambaram said none of the other officers who were part of the union finance ministry when the INX Media deal was inked, had been indicted by the investigating agencies.
“I have requested my family to tweet on my behalf the following: People have asked me 'If the dozen officers who processed and recommended the case to you have not been arrested, why have you been arrested? Only because you have put the last signature?' I have no answer," Chidambaram said, adding that, “No officer has done anything wrong. I do not want anyone to be arrested."
On 5 September, Chidambaram was sent to 14 days of judicial custody at Tihar jail, following CBI custody, in the INX Media case.
The CBI 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.
A senior official, on condition of anonymity, told Mint that Chidambaram has been "uncooperative" during the probe, not complying with investigating officers in the case.
Meanwhile, former Reserve Bank of India governor D. Subbarao who was the finance secretary at the time of Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister has not been summoned in the case.