New Delhi: On Thursday, the CBI sought the arrest of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for five days and stated that he was not cooperating in the investigation. Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) from his residence in New Delhi late on Wednesday in connection with the INX Media case.
The agency said the interrogation of Chidambarama was necessary to uncover a larger plot on INX Media. Attorney General Tushar Mehta told the court that a serious crime had been committed and a hearing was required to answer some questions for effective probing.
CBI told the court that the INX Media fraud was a serious and monumental money laundering case.
Members of the Chidambaram family, including his wife Nalini and son Karti, are also in the courtroom along with other senior lawyers, including Dayan Krishnan. Heavy security arrangements were made outside the courtroom.
P. Chidambaram's lawyer, Kapil Sibal, said that Chidambaram was arrested last night, but was only questioned on Thursday at 11am.
Sibal also told the court that Khidambaram never skipped the hearing. "The investigation is completed because the charge sheet project is ready. Sanctions were demanded. FIPB approval is given by six government secretaries, none arrested. This is a case of documentary evidence. He (Khidambaram) never skipped the interrogation, " OR he quoted Sibal as a saying.
In April last year, the son of Chidambaram and a co-accused in the INX Media Karti case, Chidambaram spent 23 days in the CBI and under arrest.
The CBI filed in May 2017 a FIR application regarding alleged irregularities in the settlement with the Foreign Investment Promotion Council (FIPB) to INX Media for receiving foreign funds ₹305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was the finance minister during the first term of the United Progressive Alliance led by Congress.
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