P Chidambaram arrested: Here’s everything you need to know about INX media case

Former union minister P Chidambaram spent the night at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters after a dramatic arrest late on Wednesday from his house in south Delhi by officials who even climbed a wall in their attempts to get to him. He remained quiet and hardly spoke to CBI officers and doctors who examined him.

Sources privy to the developments of last night’s development told that after he was arrested by the CBI and locked-up, he barely spoke and preferred to remain quiet. P Chidambaram is facing investigations by the ED and CBI in the INX Media case. He is accused of misusing his position as India’s finance minister to benefit INX Media.

Mr. Chidambaram was put up in “Lock-up suite 3” in the guest-house floor of the CBI building, which was inaugurated in 2011 in his presence; as Home Minister of the Congress-led government at the time, he was special guest and, along with then prime minister Manmohan Singh, was taken on a tour of the building and its lock-up facilities.

For the past two years, courts had granted interim protection from arrest to Mr. Chidambaram and his son Karti. However, on August 20, the Delhi High Court refused to extend it any further, following which the investigating agencies tried to arrest him for questioning.

After being arrested from his residence, P Chidambaram was taken to the CBI Headquarters late last night. A team of doctors also examined him for a medical check-up.

“Doctors asked him if he is suffering from any ailments or if he is on medication. His blood pressure and other vitals were noted. But he spoke very little,” sources said.

They said CBI officers then asked him if he was comfortable or not. “His answers were short and he mostly remained silent on queries by CBI officers.”

Sources say his questioning started this morning. Later in the day, the CBI will take him to the Court and reportedly ask for maximum custody – 14 days – for his interrogation.

Mr. Chidambaram is accused of facilitating foreign investment into a television company, INX Media, in 2007, when he was Finance Minister, at the instance of his son Karti Chidambaram, who allegedly received kickbacks. Sources say he will be confronted with files of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, which Mr. Chidambaram headed as a minister.

The Congress has rallied behind the senior leader, with Rahul Gandhi calling the investigative agencies’ pursuit of Mr. Chidambaram a “disgraceful misuse of power” and his sister Priyanka Gandhi saying the former minister was being “shamefully hunted down”.

THE INX MEDIA CASE

The ED in May 2017 had lodged an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) – a police FIR equivalent – against Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidamabarm, INX Media and its directors, Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, along with a couple of others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Based on the information provided by the ED, the CBI subsequently filed an FIR against the accused mentioned above, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to INX Media in 2007 for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 Crore when P Chidambaram was the finance minister.

The Chidambaram’s have denied all charges made against them, blaming it all political vendetta. But compounding the family’s misery is their involvement in the alleged irregularities in the grant of FIFB clearance to the Aircel-Maxis deal back in 2006, another case being investigated by the CBI.

P Chidamabarm’s Connection to INX Media Case

Karti Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in February last year in connection with the INX Media case. He was released on bail in Marcg. The ED has questioned Karti on several occasions in the INX Media case. P Chidambaram was also questioned by the ED in January this year and on December 19 last year.

The ED has attached properties worth Rs 54 Crore belonging to Karti Chidambaram in connection with the case. The agency also attached properties belonging to Indrani and Peter Mukerjea. With mounting troubles for the father and the son duo, all eyes are on Supreme Court’s hearing in the case.

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18 Responses

  1. Madhu says:

    This type of corrupted people put in jail in life long and all those properties acquired by central government.BJP govt has taken very good decion.

  2. SACHCHIDANAND GANDHI says:

    This action against p chidambaram is not at all good. He was not a terrorist nor he was absconding, then why CBI officer climbed the wall to arrest him. This will create panic among general public of India and even publish worst image outside India.

    • RAJAN C S Chinnathambi says:

      He is not terrorist. Ok I agree if he is genuine he may answer to questions of inquiry officers. Why did he escape from his house?

  3. Dr.M.Manoher says:

    C B I Treating ill to Mr.P.Chidambaram is not at all good for our Nation .Not to damage this much in the Media.
    God will punish.

  4. rahul says:

    He is the biggest Indian crook after Sharad Pawar INDIA has ever produced ..he should be left over in a field with wild dogs or snakes or parasites.

  5. Professor (Dr.) MANAS DAS (73), PhD (Management) says:

    Mr. P. Chidambaram is a renowned lawyer and a lifelong Congress Leader and former Union Finance Minister and Home Minister. If he had done anything wrong, why CBI could not submit Chargesheet so far? Given this fact, arresting him by hook or by crook, by any means is a crime aimed at harassing him and maligning him at any cost because the present fake non-government in the country has no answer to objective criticism of this government’s failed policies for which the country looks doomed. There is no economic growth as a result of faulty domestic and foreign policies. Only RRam madness by apparently fake Hindus cannot save this country from economic destruction. Return to
    to your senses or else annihilation may be irreversible.

    • Ganesh says:

      Just wait and CBI would file chargesheet against the most corrupt politician of country. There is no need to bring Ram or hindus in this question, you just need to wait and see the supreme court decision. Not sure which school you have went or what kind of studies you have done, but even after seeing the corrupt side of the politician , such statement of your proves waste of education and moral values.

  6. DesiDeals says:

    He should be if he has done these things

  7. Good day to u

    Sir ;

    Well, what a human being born in this land shame on that he could not work and taken care of him and nation too pls do not accept any kind of his responsiblity to work to him

  8. kanti says:

    Corrupt ministers who ever it may be should be punished like in USA and China, no mercy for them, put them behind the bar for 20 years.

  9. RAVINDRA says:

    This is a very good decision by government. When PC is clean, why did he ran away and absconding almost 28 hours. He himseld is lawyar and he know the law then why was he absconding ??? Now let th govt try to take into custody – Sonya and Rahul Gandhi,. Wadra, siddhu, Sharad and Ajit Pawar and seal their property.

  10. Manoranjan Padhi says:

    Being a so streture of person in india miss utilising taxpayer money doing more for own families and doing a little for country I don’t consider him a countryman so should not consider as any leader anymore should be treated as ordinary citizens of India.
    Because the amount of facilities he is getting now is much more than ordinary citizens we should condemn this.

  11. Prakash Bhat says:

    I am not surprised by the comments of 73 years old Prof Manas Das, PhD. His parents have aptly named him-a slave. He must himself be a crook and the degrees either fake or obtained by deceipt, not merit. Otherwise, how do you explain his devotion to these Congressi Conmen. There is no dearth of people like him in India who are beholden to fake Gandhi Nehru family. Because of such people corruption and dynastic rule flourished in India.
    People like him who claim to be educated, should know that, because of the positions of political authority he occupied, Chidambaram could indulge in such humongous corruption. So the excuse of earlier positions held cannot be an argument for better treatment. Mr. Manas Das should know that a Chargesheet is filed only after enquiry and investigation. Chidambaram has not been cooperating with the FBI or ED. Questions are not answered. Why? If he is clean, he should be able to answer/explain the money trails and the acquisition of properties. Why is he unable to do that. Instead, he is indulging in drama and posing as an innocent victim. The Public in New India cannot be fooled anymore like that.

  12. ALOK KHARE says:

    All corrupt politicians should be punished ASAP. This will be a good lesson for those who are entering into politics for making money. How these politicians like Sharad Pawar, Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Yadav, Soniya Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Wadra, Mayawati, are making money? There should be a straight answer to this.

  13. S C MUKHERJEE says:

    I don’t understand, how simple common sense and clear assessment becomes fall short to an educated (Dr. at the age of 73).

    If we see back history of independence of India in the year 1947 after span of almost 200 years under British Rule,
    ordinary citizens were being made fools.
    I don’t understand how simple common sense and clear assessment becomes fall short to an educated (Dr. at the age of 73).
    If we see back, history of independence of India in the year 1947, after past 200 years under British Rule. Citizens were being made fools on the then independence by division of the country in two parts under the conspiracy of British in accordance with the agreement of some particular Indian leaders.
    This was the root of unwanted problems created in the country.
    Since last six decades since 1950, Corruptions were inducted in the system scientifically which has increased in Arithmetic progression.
    It has been an agreed term among the then Politicians with an objective that expenditure incurred to become a MP / MLA should be recovered within span of next 5 years in ruling term and not to lose the opportunity of making a next predecessor out of their own FAMILY members and thereby started inception of “FAMILY RAJ” from Delhi then rapidly sprayed in all states e.g. UP; BIHAR; RAJASTAN and so on …..so on.
    Now in the digital world, ordinary citizens have an immense scope to understand spade is spade and black is black, in this process people wanted to get rid of the corrupt system from the country. First time ever, in the Year 2014 citizen of India realized the benefit of a strong Government to rule the system efficiently under the leadership of an efficient dynamic patriotic Leader ‘NAMO’ as Prime minister of NDA Govt.
    On the top of it, they have rightly assessed /seen the results from the natural essence of performance of a patriotic dedicated dynamic intelligent Leader having enormous strength to work continuously for mts. 18-20 hours a day, leaving no chance
    This is a very good decision of NDA government to take strong action against the identified corrupt person whatever position He or She holds.
    When P Chidambaram is clean, then why did he ran away and absconded for almost 28 hours. He himself is a qualified lawyer and he knows the law then why he had to abscond???. He has been identified as KINGPIN of the game in the INMEX media case.
    Now let CBI / ED take him into custody till the interrogation is completed.
    Sonya and Rahul Gandhi, Wadra, siddhu, Sharad Power and Ajit Pawar are in Que.
    S.C Mukherjee – Age 73 (DOB 15-08-1947)

  14. Eyes care says:

    What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable know-how regarding unexpected
    emotions.

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