A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Union finance minister P Chidambaram to 14-day judicial custody in the INX Media money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). With this, the Congress leader will go back to Tihar jail for the next 14 days.
P Chidamabaram's Enforcement Directorate custody ended on Wednesday. His request for bail will be taken up by the Delhi High Court on Thursday. The former Finance Minister had been shifted out of the jail when he was moved to the Enforcement Directorate's custody earlier this month.
Today, the court rejected the Enforcement Directorate's request for one-day custody. Mr. Chidambaram's lawyer Kapil Sibal argued that the agency was not confronting any witnesses as it had always told court while seeking longer custody. Mr Sibal, also producing a file on the former union minister's medical condition. Mr. Chidambaram was briefly admitted to AIIMS on Monday after complaints of a stomach ailment. He has asked the court for bail to fly to Hyderabad for treatment.
Mr. Chidambaram was arrested by the 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.
On October 16, the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating money-laundering charges in the case, arrested him from Tihar Jail. Last week, the Supreme Court granted Mr Chidambaram bail, saying there are no possibility of the former Union Minister absconding and "no whisper" of any evidence that he tried to influence even one witness.