The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to thre former Union Minister P Chidambaram, till August 26 in connection with INX media case probed by Enforcement Directorate.
The apex court came down heavily on Mr. Chidambaram's lawyers and said that he must cooperate with the probing agencies.
The former finance minister, currently in CBI custody for probe in the INX Media case, had, on Wednesday, challenged the Delhi High Court's order to refuse anticipatory bail to him in light of the CBI probe. Mr. Justice NV Ramana had sent the file to Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
Mr. Kapil Sibal, while arguing for Mr. Chidambaram, said that his client's 'fundamental right to access to justice has been frustrated by the way in which the plea against Delhi HC verdict was not heard despite moving the SC on time'.
Mr. Sibal claimed that after arguments were over in Delhi HC, the Solicitor General gave a note to Mr. Justice Gaur, the HC judge. 'We were not given chance to reply on that,' he said, inviting a strong response from Mr. Mehta, who said, 'Don't make false statements, I didn’t give it after the arguments were over.'
According to a news agency, Mr. Sibal, however, alleged that the Delhi HC judgment is verbatim of what is in the note. 'Comma for comma, full stop for a full stop. Everything is a copy, so the note becomes the basis of denying bail to Chidambaram,' he added.