P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram

Chidambaram in custody for 100 days; Cong alleges political vendetta

Agency News

New Delhi, Dec 2 : The Congress on Monday took a strong stand over the judicial custody of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is in Tihar jail for the past more than 100 days on the INX Media alleged corruption case, and demanded his immediate release.

"Former finance minister P Chidambaram has been in judicial custody for more than 100 days. Mr Chidambaram’s continued detention is nothing but a witch-hunt of the worst kind. It is the duty of the court to uphold the personal liberty of an individual", said AICC in-charge of organisation KC Venugopal.

Besides leaders, party's state units and frontal organisations like Mahila Congress also came out in support for Mr Chidambaram and started a campaign in twitter with a hashtag #ReleaseChidambaram, which is trending at the top in the micro-blogging site.

Taking to twitter, the Congress has said "Many glaring inaccuracies in both the CBI and the ED’s contentions point to a shoddy, hasty job done at the instructions of their political masters". Taking on the Narendra Modi government, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev said the ruling party misusing the investigating machinery to selectively target their political opponents, "by foisting cases against them is New India".

"Mr Chidambaram’s continued detention is nothing but a witch-hunt of the worst kind", she added. Party spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, wrote an article over the custody of the former Union Minister and said, "The case against Chidambaram ji and his arrest is the worst precedent in law. Half baked arguments and hopeless evidence. To continue his detention is nothing but one man’s vendetta".

Youth Congress national president Srinivsa BV has also criticised the custody of the former Home Minister and said, "it is the duty of the courts to uphold the personal liberty of an individual". "This fundamental duty has been dishonoured to advance political vendetta. Should a pre-trial investigation, without evidence last over being kept in jail over 100 days?", he asked.
On Sunday, AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala had said that "suppression and persecution are the only two words in the dictionary of despotic BJP government". UNI