NEW DELHI: Responding to the arrest of Congress leader P Chidambaram, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the manner of arrest the CBI had followed was very depressing.
"The way Chidambaram’s matter is being handled is very depressing, that is very sad and bad also. Sometimes the process may be incorrect. I'm not talking about the legality of this case and matter... But, Chidambaram is a senior politician who was former finance and home minister of the country," she said.
P Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials late Wednesday after high drama from his house in south Delhi. Officials climbed a wall to gain access and then drove their car into the house.
The 73-year-old Congress leader was questioned for three hours today after he spent the night at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters.
He will be produced before court shortly. As per the reports, the officials will ask for maximum custody of 14 days for his interrogation.
According to sources, CBI is likely to argue that the former minister has been uncooperative and that for the enormity of the offences involved, the time is very short.
He was put up in "Lock-up suite 3" in the guest-house floor of the CBI building, which was inaugurated in 2011 in his presence when he was Home Minister under UP-led government.
The Supreme Court bench that heard his petition challenging Delhi High Court order denying anticipatory bail has sent the plea to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to deliver an order in this regard, listing the case for urgent hearing. The CJI, who is busy hearing Ayodhya land dispute case, is unlikely to take up the case today.
The former Home Minister has been accused of facilitating foreign investment in a media company during his tenure as finance minister in the Congress-led UPA government in 2007, at the instance of his son Karthik Chidambaram. He also received kickbacks for his alleged involvement in the case.