Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI soon after his dramatic appearance before media at Congress headquarters on Wednesday. The Congress leader, who was accused by the BJP of evading arrest, said that if he has to choose between the liberty and the life, he will always choose liberty. Security has been beefed up at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Ballard Estate of Mumbai, Maharashtra where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray will present himself for questioning today.
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7.30 pm: Mumbai Airport: SpiceJet aircraft SG 634 was holding on taxiway N1 when presence of a man was reported on runway 27. The man was picked up from the runway by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
5.00 pm: Ravi Das Temple demolition issue: All 96 arrested in the case, including Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, have been sent to 14 days judicial custody.
4.45 pm: Pakistan's Foreign Office: Pakistan committed to open the #Kartarpurcorridor in Nov on 550th birth of Baba Gurunanak. Pak sticking with its plan to open 1st visa-free border crossing with India to facilitate Sikh pilgrims despite brewing tensions b/w the 2 neighbors over Kashmir
4.30 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance Rs 10 lakhs each to the families of the 5 sanitation workers who had died while cleaning a sewer in Nandgram area of Ghaziabad, earlier today.
3.30 pm: Maharashtra ATS arrested one Braja Mohan Das from Assam who had sent email to BCCI threatening to kill Indian cricketers. He was arrested on August 20&brought to Mumbai on transit remand.Later he was produced in Court in Mumbai and was remanded to police custody till August 26
3.15 pm: Five sanitation workers died while cleaning a sewer in Nandgram area of Ghaziabad today.
3 pm: Heavy security has been deployed outside Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office from where P. Chidambaram will be taken to court for hearing; water cannons also deployed outside the office.
2.45 pm: India Meteorological Department (IMD): A cyclonic circulation lies over West-central & adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast between 1.5 and 4.5 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Odisha next 72 hours.
2.30 pm: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Officer on Special Duty, Ministry of Home Affairs as Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.
2.10 pm: DMK President MK Stalin in Chennai on P Chidambaram arrested by CBI: I too saw how CBI jumped the wall and arrested him, it's a matter of shame for India, it is political vendetta. Chidambaram had asked for anticipatory bail but he was arrested, it's condemnable.
1.50 pm: Investigating Officer (IO) in INX media case, Rakesh Ahuja has been transferred back to Delhi Police. Enforcement Directorate (ED) has clarified that Rakesh Ahuja's term in ED was over 3 weeks back.
1.30 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: Sometimes the process in incorrect, I am not talking about legality, but Chidambaram is a senior politician, he is a former finance minister and home minister. The way his matter has been handled, that is very depressing, that's very bad and sad as well.
1 pm: Five detained in connection with an alleged terror funding case in Madhya Pradesh's Satna. 13 Pakistani numbers found in accused persons' phones, further investigation underway.
12.45 pm: Kolkata High Court stays the arrest warrant against Shashi Tharoor, issued in connection with his 'Hindu-Pakistan' comment, until disposal of the revision application.
12.30 pm: Shiv Sena candidate Ambadas Danve on Thursday won the Maharashtra Legislative Council biennial election from Aurangabad-Jalna local authorities constituency. Danve won the election, held on Monday, by 418 votes, an election official said.
12.15 pm: Fire breaks out at an under construction building near Pragati Maidan, 5 fire tenders present at the spot.
12.05 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a three-nation tour to France, UAE and Bahrain.
12 pm: A day after clashes broke out between protesters and the police in Delhi’s Tughlakabad area during an agitation against the recent demolition of a Ravidas Mandir in the national capital, almost all schools remain shut in the South-East Delhi locality. According to a Times of India report, several daycare centres and private schools decided not to hold classes today. Heavy police deployment can be seen in the area since the Wednesday clashes.
11.45 am: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray arrives at office of the Enforcement Directorate, to appear before it, in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities related to Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS)loan to Kohinoor CTNL.
11.30 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Cidade De Goa, Dona Paula, he will chair the 24th meeting of the Western Zonal Council.
11.15 am: Chidambaram's questioning began at around 9 am, according to sources. One of the main questions asked by the interrogators was, “who had approached you on behalf of the INX Media?” Another question was, “did you know Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, if yes how?” Regarding the fund infusion, the CBI asked Chidambaram how much money was approved in the deal?
11 am: Five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, begins hearing in Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case; Daily hearing in the case is underway at the Supreme Court.
10.45 am: It's a matter of great concern to us as members of legal fraternity, also it should be a matter of concern as citizens. All we wanted was a hearing,the presiding judge chose instead to say that I am sending the file to CJI. Isn't a citizen entitled to be heard?: Kapil Sibal
10.30 am: External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar called on President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas, today.
10.20 am: Karti Chidambaram in Delhi on P Chidambaram arrested by CBI: This is not merely targeting of my father but the targeting of Congress party. I will go to Jantar Mantar to protest.
10.15 am: Former Haryana CM, Bhupinder Singh Hooda arrives at CBI Special Court in Panchkula, to appear before it, in connection with AJL land allotment case and Manesar land scam case.
10 am: Salman Khurshid, Congress on P Chidambaram arrested by CBI: It's deeply distressing that all that had to happen, there was no question of not being answerable to the law. The matter is listed on Friday, they could have waited till then to see what the Supreme Court wants to do.
9.40 am: India Meteorological Department (IMD): An earthquake of magnitude 2.7 on Richter scale struck Chamba, Himachal Pradesh at 4:50 am, today.
9.25 am: Chidambaran ji is a former Union Finance,&Home Minister, he is an intellectual & knows the law, he should not have behaved like this after court's order.What happened was not good, had he surrendered earlier, his dignity would have remained intact, says BJP MP Satya Pal Singh.
9.10 am: Maharashtra NavNirman Sena (MNS) leader Sandeep Deshpande detained by police as a precautionary measure. MNS chief Raj Thackeray has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear before the agency, today.
9.05 am: Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaramsaid his father has been arrested just to divert attention from the issue of Article 370.
9 am: After spending the night at the CBI Headquarters, former Union Minister P Chidambaram will be produced in Delhi Court today. The CBI arrested senior Congress leader from his residence in New Delhi in connection with INX media corruption case soon after his dramatic press conference at the party headquarters following day-long accusations of evading arrest.