Chidambaram’s judicial custody in ED case extended till November 27

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NEW DELHI: The Special CBI Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of senior Congress leader and former union minister P Chidambaram in the INX money laundering case till November 27. 

P Chidambaram was produced before CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar through video conferencing, after the expiry of his judicial custody. Chidambaram's bail plea is currently pending before the Delhi High Court. 

The INX Media case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to INX Media at the time when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has charged P Chidambaram and his son Karti with receiving illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for the clearance. 

The CBI had arrested P Chidambaram on August 21 after his anticipatory bail plea in the case was rejected by the Delhi High Court. He was subsequently arrested by the ED on October 16 and subsequently sent to custody. 

Chidamabaram was granted regular bail in the CBI case by the Supreme Court earlier this month. The agency has challenged the bail through a review petition filed before the Supreme Court. 

In the second case, the ED opposed bail to Chidambaram saying that it would be against the "Zero Tolerance Policy in Corruption" and would also set a wrong precedent. 

In response, Chidambaram claimed that his arrest was malafide and done with the intention to harm his reputation. Thus, he has argued that he should be enlarged on bail as there is no incriminating evidence against him. 

With inputs from Bar & Bench

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