INX media case: No bail for P Chidambaram, CBI custody extended till tomorrow

Mr. Chidambaram is 74 and should be protected, argued Mr Sibal for his senior Congress colleague, who has spent 11 days in CBI custody since his arrest on August 21.

Written by September 2, 2019 18:08

New Delhi: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram did not get interim bail today. Delhi Court hearing former finance minister P Chidambaram’s plea seeking an interim bail in the INX media case has extended his CBI custody by another day. Chidambaram will now be produced tomorrow at the special CBI court at 3:30 PM tomorrow.

In CBI custody, Mr. Chidambaram has been put up in a “suite” at the guest-house floor of the agency’s headquarters in Delhi. If he is sent to judicial custody, then he will be taken to the Tihar, Asia’s largest prison facility.

Arguing in the court on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), SG Tushar Mehta sought one-day custody of Chidambaram and said his bail plea should be rejected as he can “influence the witness”.

Earlier in the Supreme Court, his lawyer Kapil Sibal argued strongly to keep him out of Tihar jail.

Mr. Chidambaram is 74 and should be protected, argued Mr Sibal for his senior Congress colleague, who has spent 11 days in CBI custody since his arrest on August 21.

“There must be some protection to Chidambaram. He is 74 years old. Let him be put under house arrest and not sent to Tihar Jail,” Mr Sibal appealed to the Supreme Court.

Chidambaram was produced before the court on expiry of his three-day CBI custody which was granted on August 30. Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX Media case, will remain in custody of the federal investigating agency till Monday, September 2.