New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minster P. Chidambaram in judicial custody till September 19 in the INX Media case.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar rejected Mr. Chidambaram's plea to release him on expiry of his police custody. The court allowed him to carry his medicines to the jail.
Considering that he has Z-security, the court directed that he be kept in a separate cell.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured that there will be adequate security for Mr. Chidambaram in the jail.
The CBI argued for his judicial custody submitting that there was strong apprehension that he would tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if released on bail.
Mr. Chidambaram’s 15-day CBI custody, ordered by the special court in five spells that started after his arrest on August 21 night, ended today.
He also moved an application in court to surrender in the money laundering case connected with the INX Media case. The court is due to hear it on September 12.
Chidambaram, who has been sent to judicial custody till September 19, tried his best to avoid going to Tihar jail but Enforcement Directorate ensured that he is sent to the most notorious jail of country.
If ED would have filed an application to arrest the former finance in INX media case as his anticipatory bail application was rejected, in all likelihood, Chidambaram would have been remanded to its custody, instead of being sent to Tihar jail.
The ED, which wanted to arrest Chidambaram since his anticipatory bail application was rejected by Delhi high court on August 20, interestingly did not file application before the trial court.
The ED was aware that if an application to arrest P Chidambaram is not moved then most probably he will be sent to Tihar jail. ED did not move the application until the end of the court order.
P Chidambaram through his lawyer also filed an application that he wants to surrender before the ED in INX media case but SG Tushar Mehta, representing ED, told that he would like to argue on this next week. The court has issued a notice to ED on Chidambaram’s application.