A special court in New Delhi on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minister and Congress veteran P Chidambaram to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody for five days till 26 August in an alleged corruption case involving INX Media.
Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said in his order, “Considering all facts and circumstances, I am of the view that police custody is justified.”
The order issued by him added: “The allegations made against the accused are serious in nature and there cannot be any dispute with the fact that a detailed and in-depth investigation is required in the present case. The enormity of money allegedly involved in this case and the persons who are accused necessitate an in-depth investigation.”
Chidambaram’s counsel Kapil Sibal argued the “the custody of a person cannot be merely to carry out searches at the accused premises.” He added that the grant of bail is a rule and the issue before the court is of personal liberty.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the CBI , said, “there is a reasonable ground for Chidambaram’s custody as he was evasive in his replies and chose to remain silent during the interrogation by the agency.”
After high drama, Chidambaram was arrested from his Delhi residence on Wednesday night.