A special court has granted anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in both ED and CBI cases in Aircel-Maxis matter. Earlier today, the Supreme Court rejected former finance minister's appeal against the Delhi High Court's order, denying his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media probe case. "Granting anticipatory bail at the initial stage may frustrate the investigation....It's not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail. Economic offences stand at different footing and it has to be dealt with different approach," the Supreme court said. The apex court added the former finance minister could move a regular bail application before the trial court.
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3.57 PM: All false cases will be laid to rest, says Karti Chidambaram
This bogey of FIPB, to which I have no connection none whatsoever, 23:3:18 J RG Garg DHC, and the ghosts of INX/Aircel Maxis, again no connection, the fable of phantom global properties/shell cos/bank accounts will all be laid to rest.
This bogey of FIPB to which I have no connection none whatsoever, 23:3:18 J RG Garg DHC, and the ghosts of INX/ Aircel Maxis, again no connection, the fable of phantom global properties/shell cos/ bank accounts will all be laid to rest. https://t.co/SymP7Ktyvm— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) September 5, 2019
2.30 PM: After the special court order, Karti said he and his father had been dragged into the case only due to "political vendetta". "I have no connection to Aircel Maxis or to FIPB. I had an Aircel sim though," he tweeted.
2.09 PM:A Special Court has granted anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in both ED and CBI cases in Aircel-Maxis matter.
Delhi: Special Court grants anticipatory bail to P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in both ED and CBI cases in Aircel-Maxis matter. P Chidambaram is already in CBI custody in connection with INX media case. pic.twitter.com/hSw4FR6qL3— ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2019
11.45 AM: "We have decided to unconditionally withdraw the petition," says Chidambaram's counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Following this, the SC has permitted Chidambaram to withdraw his plea in the INX Media corruption case.
11.41 AM: Chidambaram has withdrawn his appeal in the CBI case from the Supreme Court.
11.21 AM: The SC says the ED does not need to show probe materials at this stage. "The ED does not need to produce the transcripts of Chidambaram's questioning in the court," SC adds.
11.15 AM: With the SC rejecting Chidambaram's bail plea, the Enforcement Directorate can now arrest the former Union minister in the INX Media case.
10.05 AM: The Rouse Avenue court in Delhi will also hear the anticipatory bail pleas of the father-son duo in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis case today. The CBI and the ED on Monday sought their custodial interrogation but the court reserved its order on their anticipatory bail pleas for September 5. Both the INX Media and Aircel-Maxis cases relate to alleged irregularities in the granting of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approvals back when Chidambaram was the finance minister in the UPA regime.
10.57 AM: Move a regular bail application before the trial court, SC tells P Chidambaram's lawyers.
Supreme Court says P Chidambaram can move regular bail application before the trial court, for regular bail. https://t.co/3TaMYpzfxj
- ANI (@ANI) September 5, 2019