The Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) Special Court on Friday allowed extending the custody of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram till Monday, 2 September.
Chidamaram, who was arrested on August 21 and sent to CBI custody in connection with the INX Media case, was produced before the CBI court before the Judge Ajay Kumar on Friday on the expiry of his CBI remand. Associate Solicitor General KM Natraj, CBI’s counsel, moved application for 5 days of further custody of P Chidambaram. He argued for an extended custody as the Chidambaram was partially interrogated and was required to be confronted with further documents.
But the Judge Ajay Kumar questioned Chidambaram’s further custody. Afterwards the judge examined the case diary. When the judge asked the CBI why it requires five more days for interrogating Chidambaram, the ASG said that there were voluminous documents. To this, the judge said, "You were aware of the volume of documents, why did you ask for only five days custody for the first time, Second time also you asked for five days only. Why this approach?" Judge also remembered that Chidambaram had already undergone custodial interrogation for eight days since he was arrested.
Judge said he felt the ground taken is vague, and asked associate solicitor general KM Nataraj how many hours Chidambaram are being questioned. For this Nataraj said 8-10 hours.