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INX Media Case: P Chidambaram Sent To Tihar Jail Till Novemeber 13
A Delhi court today ordered that P Chidambaram will go back to Delhi's Tihar Jail till November 13 moving him to judicial custody in the INX Media case.
INX Media Case: P Chidambaram Sent To Tihar Jail Till Novemeber 13(file image)
New Delhi: A Delhi court today ordered that P Chidambaram will go back to Delhi's Tihar Jail till November 13 moving him to judicial custody in the INX Media case. Mr. Chidambaram had been shifted out of the jail when he was moved to the Enforcement Directorate's custody earlier this month. The judge said that the former finance minister will have a separate cell, a western toilet, home-cooked food and medicines in Tihar jail.
Mr. Chidamabaram's Enforcement Directorate custody ended today and his request for bail will be taken up by the Delhi High Court tomorrow. The Congress leader has asked for bail on health grounds.
The arrest of the leader was carried by CBI on August 21. He is accused of a role in irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the INX Media group for the infusion of overseas funds amounting to Rs. 305 crore in 2007, when he was the Finance Minister of the country.
The ED arrested him from Tihar Jail on October 16.
The Supreme Court granted Mr. Chidambaram bail last week. The apex court said there is no possibility of the former Union Minister absconding and "no whisper" of any evidence that he tried to influence even one witness.
The SC rejected the CBI's argument that Mr. Chidambaram is a flight risk and said the CBI had not provided any evidence on how witnesses were influenced - "SMS, e-mail, letter or telephonic calls and the persons who have approached the material witnesses."
The court said Mr. Chidambaram "can be released if he is not required in any other case." The court added that he will have to give a bond of Rs. 1 lakh.
In his first stint, Mr. Chidambaram spent more than a month in Tihar, Asia's largest prison facility.
In the CBI's charge sheet, the agency has named Mr. Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram and 13 others including senior bureaucrats and private companies, to cause loss to the government. The charge-sheet alleges the Chidambarams received Rs. 9.96 lakh as bribes.
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