NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister P Chidambaram again failed to gain an anticipatory bail in the INX Media case from Supreme Court this morning where he approached for a relief from the immediate arrest after the Delhi High Court denied his plea asking protection from arrest on Tuesday.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also issued a lookout notice against the former Finance Minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has twice visited his residence in Delhi, but Chidambaram was missing.
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.
While the ED continued to convince the court that the case weighed a monumental magnitude of money laundering, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of Chidambaram argued that his antecedents were “impeccable” and there was no possibility of him “fleeing from justice”.
He also requested to more time to appear for a trial by CBI and asked for an interim relief otherwise “he would suffer irreparable loss.”
As Chidambaram was away from his home when the investigation agencies reached there, the CBI pasted a notice outside his house asking the former minister to appear before them within two hours of receiving the notice.
Chidambaram on his petition said that he was a law-abiding citizen and has a reputation to sustain in the society. He is a former Finance and Home Minister and sitting member of Rajya Sabha.
And he also said that he has never been accused of any offence and there is no possibility for him in fleeing from justice after all custodial interrogation is not at all warranted.
Chidambaram 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.
On Tuesday after hearing the case Delhi High Court has said that in the prima facie, the petitioner is seemed to be the kingpin or key conspirator in the case.
Justice Sunil Gaur marked the case as “classic case of money laundering” and said granting bail for the petitioner would send a wrong message to the society.