In a setback for Congress leader P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain his petition challenging the dismissal of anticipatory bail in a corruption case lodged by the CBI in the INX media scam. At the outset, a bench comprising justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna said since Chidambaram has already been arrested and is in the custody of the CBI, his appeal in the case has become infructuous. However, the bench said Chidambaram is at a liberty to seek remedy in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, the top court has extended the interim protection earlier granted to the former finance minister from arrest in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) case till tomorrow. However, the law enforcement agency will continue its arguments in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Chidambaram, whose CBI custody is ending today, is now brought to the Rouse Avenue Court, where the investigation agency has been granted four more days custodial interrogation of the politician.
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5:16 pm: Delhi court extends P Chidambaram's CBI custody till August 30.
4:54 pm: CBI court reserves the order on remand application of the invstigation agency seeking further remand of P Chidambaram in INX media case.
4:20 pm: CBI seeks five day custody of Chidambaram, whose custody is ending today.
3:55 pm: P Chidambaram reaches Rouse Avenue Court from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters.
3:50 pm: Today's hearing is over, Supreme Court to continue hearing on Tuesday too.
3:46 pm: Supreme Court says earlier protection granted from arrest to Congress leader P Chidambaram in ED case shall continue till tomorrow.
3:44 pm: P Chidambaram being taken to Rouse Avenue Court from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters.
Delhi: P Chidambaram being taken to Rouse Avenue Court from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters. pic.twitter.com/nGWjjGKdss— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2019
3:32 pm: Reading out Enforcement Directorate's (ED) affidavit in Supreme Court, Kapil Sibal stated, "They said they are yet to unearth the money laundering scheme, so if they are yet to unearth, how is it cogent evidence?"
3:12 pm: I don't know from where they got this note. It was not in records: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
3:10 pm: You have not even denied the note. No document was filed in court, no order said document was filed in court: Kapil Sibal.
3:00 pm: Paragraphs in HC judgement were verbatim copy of CBI/ ED note, comma by comma, full stop by full stop, word by word, sentence by sentence, the chart. Their note become findings of the court. Where is the application of mind by the judge?: Kapil Sibal
2:53 pm: Congress lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi arrives at Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court for P Chidambaram's bail hearing.
2:42 pm: P Chidambaram's lawyer cites the judgment of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in the case of Gurbaksh Singh on the issue of right of an accused for anticipatory bail.
2:33 pm: The CA Bhaskar Raman got bail, Karti Chidambaram got bail, Indrani and Peter Mukherjea are on default bail and no sanctions have been sought for the six government secretaries till now: Sibal
2:22 pm: The case is that Karti Chidambaram used his relationship with P Chidambaram to influence public servants to secure ex-post facto FIPB approvals for the downstream investment in INX media: Sibal
2:25 pm: Chidambaram to arrive at Delhi's Rouse Avenue court, security tightened.
2:15 pm: Supreme Court resumes hearing in the case. Senior counsel Kapil Sibal continues with his arguments.
1:30 pm: The Bench rises for lunch. The hearing to resume at 2:10 pm.
1:25 pm: If documents were available then why was he not confronted? Why did they pass the documents to Delhi High Court judge in sealed covers? This is a media trial: Kapil Sibal.
1:00 pm: If documents were available then why was he not confronted? Why did they pass the documents to Delhi High Court judge in sealed covers? This is a media trial: Kapil Sibal.
12:50 pm: CBI asking Chidambaram, do you have Twitter account?.. What kind of questions are being asked? 26 hours of examination and nothing (documents) has been put to him: Kapil Sibal in Supreme Court.
12:45 pm: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says ED did not leak the affidavit, says it was leaked after it was served to Chidambaram’s lawyers.
12:45 pm: It can’t be that they give or show any document to the court and I am not entitled to look into it. They leak it to media. They leaked the ED affidavit to the media: Kapil Sibal in Supreme Court.