New Delhi: A day after the Delhi High Court refused to grant former Union minister P Chidambaram anticipatory bail in a case of money laundering, a team of lawyers representing Chidambaram led by Kapil Sibal knocked the Supreme Court’s door twice in an attempt to file an anticipatory bail plea on his behalf.
Multiple lookout notices have been issued against him throughout the day by both CBI and the ED when he was not found.
In a dramatic turn of events, he turned up on Wednesday evening at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi for a press conference, followed by Kapil Sibal and other senior leaders. At the press conference, P Chidambaram cleared himself of any and all allegation that have been pitted against him by the CBI and ED.
CBI officials have scaled the walls of P Chidambaram’s residence in order to get inside and arrest Chidambaram.
Here are LIVE updates:
10:03 pm: P Chidambaram brought to CBI headquarters.
CBI Sources: Congress leader P Chidambaram has been detained by Central Bureau of Investigation. pic.twitter.com/W3jQpMgLXQ— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2019
09:57 pm: Karti Chidambaram on P Chidambaram apprehended by probe agencies: This is a totally politically motivated witchhunt.
09:55 pm: CBI Director, top officials reach CBI headquaters.
09:52 pm: CBI team leaves P Chidambaram's residence.
09:47 pm: P Chidambaram detained and taken away in a car by probe agency officials.
09: 09 pm: Taking to twitter, Karti Chidambaram said that he had been raided by CBI four times in the past and had been investigated for hours, yet no chargesheet was filed against him.
I have been raided 4 times. Appeared for over 20 summons. Each session for a minimum of 10 to 12 hours. Been a “guest” of the CBI:) for 12 days. There is still no chargesheet for alleged events which apparently took place in 2008 and a FIR in 2017. There is no case.— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) August 21, 2019
09: 00 pm: In a Tweet, P Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram, calls the entire situation a ''political witch-hunt.''
This is a political witch-hunt. Outrageous media leaks are the preferred tactics of the @dir_ed I have nothing to do with INX or the FIPB. All my assets and liabilities are duly declared in statutory and regulatory filings. I have repeated this ad nauseam https://t.co/jBmkrxLNeX— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) August 21, 2019
08:59 pm: The officials of Enforcement Directorate also arrive at Chidambaram's residence.
08:54 pm: CBI officials jump over the wall of Chidambaram's residence in Jor Bagh to get into his home. Nearly 20 officials jumped over the wall as the gates had been closed.
Delhi: A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official jumps the gate of P Chidambaram's residence to get inside. CBI has issued a Look-Out Notice against him. pic.twitter.com/t6jp6L1y4h— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2019
08:28 pm: P Chidambaram leaves the AICC headquarters.
08:21 pm: He also said that he was aghast that he was accused of hiding from the law. "On the contrary, I was seeking protection of law. My lawyers tell that cases will be listed on Friday. I bow down to orders of SC. I respect law even if it is applied with an unequal hand by probe agencies."
08:19 pm: Defending himself against the claims pitted against him he said, "In last 24 hours much has happened,that has caused concern to some and confusion to many. In INX Media case, I've not been accused of any offence nor any one else including any member of my family. There is no chargesheet filed by either ED or CBI before a competent court."
08:17 pm: Former finance minister P Chidambaram at the press conference said that, "I believe that the foundation of a democracy is liberty, most precious article of the constitution is Article 21 that guarantees life and liberty. If I'm asked to choose between life and liberty, I will choose liberty."
08:15 pm: P Chidambaram arrived at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters on Wednesday evening. He was followed by Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Ahmed Patel among others.
05:00 pm: Supreme Court is likely to hear the matter on Friday.
04:35 pm: Congress leader P Chidambaram’s lawyers Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid & Vivek Tankha were present before the CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s Constitution Bench when the Ayodhya Bench was rising for the day, but did not mention urgent listing of interim bail case, reported ANI.
03:49 pm: News agency PTI has reported that P Chidambaram's lawyers assemble in CJI's court room where Ayodhya hearing is going on; likely to mention his plea again.
02:30 pm: With Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi still in Ayodhya hearing, top court refuses to urgently list Chidambaram's bail plea.
01:30 pm: Enforcement Directorate issues fresh lookout notice for P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case. Officials said the alert for the Congress leader, whose anticipatory bail was cancelled on Tuesday, has been sent to all land, air and seaports and law enforcement agencies at these facilities. It says the ED should be alerted in case the person is found on their premises.
01:24 pm: Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by P Chidambaram has certain defects, as a result of which the Supreme Court registry is not in a position to clear it for a mentioning before the Supreme Court.
01:01 pm: Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to criticise the government's move to arrest former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
Modi's Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram.
I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 21, 2019
11:26 am: Enforcement Directorate (ED) issues lookout notice against Congress leader and former Finance Minister.
10:42 am: Supreme Court Judge, Justice NV Ramana, sent the file of P Chidambaram’s plea seeking interim bail before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to pass the order.
10:30 am: Senior lawyers Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Vivek Tankha are inside the courtroom.
10:15 am: Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed in Supreme Court by lawyers of P Chidambaram seeking interim relief against Tuesday's order of the Delhi High Court cancelling Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea.
“None of the three grounds to deny bail were made by the HC: there is no allegation that the petitioner is likely to flee justice; or that the petitioner is likely to influence the witnesses; or that the petitioner is likely to tamper with the evidence,” said the petition filed by Chidambaram.
09:37 am: On being asked 'how do you see the CBI action?’, senior lawyer and Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “Extremely unfair.”
09:30 am: Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, "India witnesses worst kind of virulent vendetta by Modi Government as the BJP runs a police state. Judge reserves judgement for 7 months and delivers it 72 hours before retirement, CBI/ED are sent to raid as a respected former FM is hounded. Banana Republic?"
India witnesses worst kind of virulent vendetta by Modi Govt as the BJP runs a police state.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 20, 2019
Judge reserves judgement for 7 months & delivers it 72 hours before retirement, CBI/ED are sent to raid as
a respected former FM is hounded.
09:25 am: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has seconded Priyanka Gandhi in vouching for Chidambaram's credibility, as has worked closely with him since 1986.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 21, 2019
08:30 am: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in support of the senior Congress leader, alleging that he was being "shamefully hunted down" for speaking the truth.
but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
08:10 am: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh condemned the CBI action and said that this is nothing but 'political vendetta'.
I condemn the action of CBI against Chidambaram in a case where he is not mentioned in the FIR nor is there any evidence against him. It is sheer Political Vendetta.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 21, 2019
07:40 am: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team leaves for the residence of P Chidambaram.
04:45 am: Arshdeep Singh Khurana, Chidambaram’s lawyer said, “He has been permitted by Supreme Court to mention the urgent Special Leave Petition against the order before Court at 10:30 am on Wednesday. I, therefore, request you not to take any coercive action against my client till then and await the hearing at 10:30 am.”
Chidambaram'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. "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 two hours," said Arshdeep Singh Khurana, Chidambaram's lawyer, according to news agency ANI.
Chidambaram has been questioned several times in the case, which involves alleged kickbacks received by his son Karti Chidambaram in exchange for allowing INX Media, a television company, to receive foreign funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007.