Former Union Minister P Chidambaram (File Image)
Veteran Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail Thursday by a Delhi court where he will spend 14 days in judicial custody in connection with the INX Media corruption case. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar sent him to judicial custody till September 19. The court allowed him to carry his medicines to jail and directed that he be kept in a separate cell in Tihar prison as he was a protectee under Z-security. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured that there will be adequate security for Chidambaram in the jail.
The court also issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on Chidambaram's plea seeking to surrender in the money laundering case lodged by the agency in which the Supreme Court Thursday dismissed his plea against the August 20 order of the Delhi High Court denying him pre-arrest bail.
Chidambaram, 73, was produced before a Delhi court on Thursday after the expiry of his 2-day CBI custody in the case.
However, P Chidambaram is not the only politician who will be spending nights at Delhi's Tihar Jail. DMK MP Kanimozhi was arrested in the 2G spectrum scam case. A Special CBI court dismissed her bail petition and was lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail. The Tihar Jail complex houses ten prisons and 12,000 prisoners against the sanctioned capacity of 6,250.
Suresh Kalmadi was also logded in Tihar jail after he was arrested by the CBI in the Commonwealth Games Scam.
A Raja is a former Union Cabinet Minister and also a leader of DMK who was jailed following his arrest in the 2G Spectrum Scam.
Former IPS Officer RK Sharma is serving a life term in Tihar for his involvement in the mirder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar.
The billionaire behind bars, Vinod Goenka is the managing director and co-founder of the real estate company DB Realty. He was arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the 2G Spectrum Scam.