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Law often catches up with Netas: Chidambaram joins a special club

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Law of the land often catches up with corrupt politicians and corruption as a vice that has hit netas of all hues.

Just as the ad goes - 'Hamam mein sab nangey haen (roughly translated - everyone seems to follow the same rule, when it comes to greed)". Politicians arrested or who faced the wrong side of the law in recent past include among others - J Jayalalitha (AIADMK), Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD), Sukh Ram (Congress), Suresh Kalmadi (Congress), A Raja, M Kanimozhi (both DMK), B S Yediyurappa and Bangaru Laxman (both BJP).
Some others would include the likes of INLD leader from Haryana Om Prakash Chautala and Rasheed Masood, another Congressman.

Following his arrest, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram joins the illustrious club - in fact some of them were convicted like Sukh Ram, Bangaru Laxman, Rasheed Masood and Lalu Prasad; while A Raja was acquitted from the charge in 2G scam. Eyewitness account said on Wednesday evening that the arrest of Chidambaram was dramatic in more ways than one as he 'surfaced' after about 27 hours of 'missing' and he addressed a media conference - where journos were invited by the Congress party officially.

Later just on the eve of his 'arrest' and before taking him in official car to the CBI headquarters, the CBI officials had to wade through angry Congress supporters who had gathered outside his residence raising slogans against CBI, BJP and the Modi government. One onlooker later claimed before TV channels that some supporters even tried to 'jump' on the car in which former Home Minister Chidambaram was being taken by the agency officials.

The CBI and also ED have been keen for Chidambaram's "custodial interrogation" in INX Media scam when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister under the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2008. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to grant Chidambaram 'protection from arrest' and had rejected his plea seeking anticipatory bail. Supreme Court did not give him any relief and is likely to hear a petition on Friday.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX media group. The ED - that functions under Finance Ministry - had lodged a money laundering case against Chidambaram in 2018. UNI