As the day came to close, Delhi became witness to another high voltage political drama. Former finance minister P Chidambaram was finally arrested amid a Bollywood flick like sequence. The CBI was on a lookout for Chidambaram for 24 hours after Delhi High Court refused to provide any relief against his arrest.
How P Chidambaram got arrested?
Chidambaram did not appear before the CBI, instead went to the Congress headquarters this evening. As soon as he reached home after addressing the press, teams of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), though caught off guard, had gathered outside his Jorbagh residence. The CBI men were even seen scaling the boundary wall and running on the roof to make way inside the house. This has been recorded in the CCTV cameras of the compound.
What P Chidambaram said before getting arrested:
Earlier, in a brief address to the media at the party office, Mr. Chidambaram mentioned that he has not been named as an accused in the corruption case. He even went on to say that he still has faith in the law, even if applied by an unequal hand” by the investigative agencies.
He also sent out a message for the investigative agencies stating “Respect for the law can mean only one thing — await (the Supreme Court’s) decision on Friday. Until Friday, let’s hope the lamp of liberty will shine bright,“. His appeal for anticipatory bail will be heard before the Supreme Court on Friday.
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P Chidambaram on his arrest:
On asking about his absence from the public eye, the former Union Minister explained “I was accused of hiding from the law. I was consulting the law,” said the 73-year-old. “I was working alongside my lawyer’s whole of last night and the whole day“.
Since Tuesday evening, the CBI has visited his residence twice and have even issued two lookout notices. Lookout notices that are served to stop a person from leaving the country, have been issued against him by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
Earlier, P Chidambaram tried to get a bail:
Earlier on Wednesday, Chidambaram’s legal team tried to get anticipatory bail for him from the Supreme Court. However, the apex court decided to hear the matter on Friday. Chidambaram had urged the probe agencies to wait till Friday till his bail plea was heard by the apex court.
On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court had dismissed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea and declared him as an accused in the corruption case. Following this, the Congress stalwart got off the radar.
why p Chidambaram is arrested?
The ED found irregularities and Chidambaram’s involvement in granting illegal FIBP clearances multiple business deals, INX Media and Aircel-Maxis being the prominent ones. These firms also received multi-crore funding through multiple shell companies, the officials said. The CBI later lodged a case based on the inputs provided by the ED.
After the arrest, he was immediately taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for medical examination. If found fit, he will be produced before the CBI special court on Thursday.