Chidambaram’s case: Congress says political vendetta

New Delji, AUg 21: As the Narendra Modi government was criticised by the Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for snatching the autonomy of Kashmiris by revoking Article370 in Jammu and Kashmir  and the poor state of the economy, the teams of CBI and Enforcement directorate started probing former finance minister’s alleged role in   INX Media case.

After the Central Bureau of Investigation pasted a notice outside P Chidambaram’s house ordering him to appear within two hours, Congress MP’s lawyer has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation under what law his client has been told to appear within two hours in an alleged corruption case.

Hours after the Delhi High Court rejected former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail in the INX media case, a team of the CBI and the ED officials visited his residence at Jor Bagh in Delhi and pasted a notice outside ordering him to appear within two hours after they found him untraceable.

However, Chidambaram’s lawyer Arshdeep Singh Khurana in a statement said that the notice fails to elucidate the provision of law under which his client has been asked to appear.

“I am instructed to state that your notice fails to mention the provision of law under which my client has been issued a notice to appear within 2 hours. Furthermore, my client is exercising the rights available to him in law and had approached the Supreme Court on August 20 seeking urgent reliefs in respect of the order dismissing his anticipatory bail,” Khurana said, according to news agency ANI.

Chidambaram has been permitted by the Supreme Court to mention the urgent special leave petition against the order before the court at 10:30 am today. I, therefore, request you not to take any coercive action against my client till then and await the hearing at 10:30 am,” the lawyer said in a letter to the CBI, ANI reported.

“Furthermore, my client is exercising the rights available to him in law and had approached the Supreme Court on August 20 seeking urgent reliefs in respect of the order dismissing his anticipatory bail (in INX Media case),” the lawyer said.

The Congress on Tuesday described CBI and ED action against former Finance Minister and senior party leader P. Chidambaram as “political vendetta” and accused the government of targeting opposition leaders.

Speaking to reporters, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Chidambaram approached the High Court for anticipatory bail, which is his right and the court did not accepted that. That order is appealable and an application has already been moved, which will be heard in the Supreme Court tomorrow. I fail to understand what is going to happen at night. Heavens have not opened up,” he said, referring to the teams of Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate reaching Chidambaram’s residence.


The major point when there are several ministers in the Modi government who have declared criminal cases against them and they are not being probed by the central investigative agencies then why the Congress leaders are being probed in such a hush hush manner.

Among the 58 ministers, who were sworn-in as members of the Union Council of Ministers on Thursday, at least 22 (or 39%) have declared criminal cases against them according to their self-sworn affidavits filed at the time of election, says an Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report.

While 16 ministers in the newly formed Cabinet have against them serious criminal cases, including charges of attempt to murder, causing communal disharmony and electoral violations, 11 ministers had such charges against them in the previous cabinet.

Timeline of the INX Media case:

May 15, 2017: The CBI registers an FIR, alleging irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti Chidambaram’s father P. Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister.

June 16, 2017: The Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) and the Bureau of Immigration, which comes under the Union Home Ministry, issues a look out circular (LOC) against Karti Chidambaram.

August 10, 2017: The Madras High Court stays the LOCs issued against Karti Chidambaram and four others.

August 14, 2017: The Supreme Court stays Madras High Court order staying LOC issued against Karti Chidamabaram.

August 18, 2017: The Supreme Court asks Karti Chidambaram to appear before the CBI on August 23.

September 22, 2017: The CBI tells the Supreme Court that Karti Chidambaram was prevented from travelling abroad as he was allegedly closing several of his foreign bank accounts in a bid to destroy evidence.

October 9, 2017: Karti Chidambaram seeks the Supreme Court’s nod to travel to Britain to get his daughter admitted at an university and expresses willingness to undertake that he would not visit any bank there. P. Chidambaram tells the Supreme Court that the BJP-led government has been carrying on a politically-motivated vendetta against him and his son.

November 20, 2017: The Supreme Court allows Karti Chidambaram to visit Britain for daughter’s admission.

December 8, 2017: Karti Chidambaram moves the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the CBI against him in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

February 16, 2018: Karti Chidambaram’s CA S. Bhaskararaman arrested for allegedly assisting him to manage his wealth in India and abroad.

February 28, 2018: Karti Chidambaram arrested by CBI at Chennai airport soon after his arrival from abroad and brought to Delhi.

March 23, 2018: Karti Chidambaram gets bail after spending 23 days in jail.

July 25, 2018: The High Court grants interim protection from arrest to P. Chidambaram.

October 11, 2018: The ED attaches assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram in India, UK and Spain in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. P. Chidambaram describes the ED action as bizarre.

July 11, 2019: Jailed Indrani Mukerjea turns approver in the case and accepts the conditions put on her before a judge.

August 20, 2019: Delhi HC rejects bail applications of P Chidambaram.

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