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INX Media case highlights: SC to hear P Chidambaram's plea against Delhi HC order rejecting bail on August 21

Updates on the INX Media case, after Delhi HC rejected former finance minister P Chidambaram's anticipatory bail

  • Aug 21, 09:21 AM (IST)

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  • Aug 20, 09:58 PM (IST)

    HC calls Chidambaram 'kingpin' in the case 

    Holding that Chidambaram's custodial interrogation was required for an effective investigation, the Delhi High Court said "simply because he is a Member of Parliament would not justify grant of pre-arrest bail to him." Chidambaram is a Rajya Sabha MP.

    Justice Gaur said the court cannot permit the prosecution in this "sensitive case to end up in smoke like it has happened in some other high profile cases."

    "Facts of the case prima facie reveal that petitioner(Chidambaram) is the king pin, that is, the key conspirator in this case. Law enforcing agencies cannot be made ineffective by putting legal obstacles of offences in question," the judge said in his 24-page judgment that set off a flurry of activity by top lawyer-turned politicians from the Congress to pre-empt any coercive action by the investigative agencies. (PTI) 

  • Aug 20, 09:35 PM (IST)

    Justice Sunil Gaur to retire in 48 hours | Justice Sunil Gaur who passed the ordered to dismiss the anticipatory bail pleas is set to retire in 48 hours. He was the one who had reserved the decision in the matter on January 25 earlier this year. (News18) 

  • Aug 20, 09:31 PM (IST)

    Here is a brief timeline of the events in the INX Media case

    January 25, 2019: Delhi HC reserved its judgment on P Chidambaram's anticipatory bail in both the cases.

    Aug 1, 2019: ED asked Karti to vacate the Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi, a property which the agency had attached earlier.

    August 20, 2019: Delhi HC dismissed the anticipatory bail pleas, also declining Chidambaram's request to stay the order for three days in order to enable him to move an appeal in the SC.

  • Aug 20, 09:26 PM (IST)

    Here is a brief timeline of the events in the INX Media case:

    July 23, 2018: He moved the Delhi HC for anticipatory bail in the money laundering case lodged by the ED.

    July 25, 2018: The High Court granted P Chidambaram interim protection from arrest in both the cases.

    Oct 11, 2018: The ED attached Karti Chidambaram's assets worth Rs 54 crore in India, the UK and Spain, in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. 

  • Aug 20, 09:21 PM (IST)

    Here is a brief timeline of the events in the INX Media case: 

    May 15, 2017: Alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment and Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the group while receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007, the CBI registered an FIR in the INX media case.

    October 9, 2017: P Chidambaram told the Supreme Court that the BJP-led government has been carrying a "politically-motivated vendetta" against him and his son Karti Chidambaram.

    2018: The ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard. The CBI summoned Chidambaram for questioning.

  • Aug 20, 09:15 PM (IST)

    Anand Sharma, Congress: Chidambaram has sought appeal in SC tomorrow... his bail was rejected today but what's the urgency that ED and CBI are haunting him tonight? What's happening today is not good for democracy. (News18) 

  • Aug 20, 09:00 PM (IST)

    Later, they went to a consultation room and were joined by other senior advocates and party colleagues, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Salman Khurshid.
      Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, who had appeared for Chidambaram in the High Court on August 20, also joined them later.

    After hectic parleys, Sibal said he has been informed by an apex court official to mention the petition on August 21 at 10:30 am before an appropriate bench.

    He said that as Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be sitting in the Constitution bench for hearing the Ayodhya case, the petition is to be mentioned before the senior-most judge, who is not on the Constitution bench.

    (post 2/2)

    – PTI

  • Aug 20, 08:58 PM (IST)

    INX case: Chidambaram fails to get urgent audience in SC against Delhi HC order

    Congress leader P Chidambaram, facing threat of arrest in the INX media scam, failed to get an audience from Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on August 20 for urgent hearing of his appeal in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail plea.

    A team of lawyers led by senior advocate and Chidambaram's party colleague Kapil Sibal was told by Registrar (Judicial) to mention the petition on the morning of August 21 in the apex court.​

    Sibal was the first senior advocate to reach the apex court to meet Chidambaram and the two were seen rushing from one corridor to another to meet officials including the secretary general and CJI's staff for having word with Justice Gogoi.

    (Post 1/2)

    – PTI

  • Aug 20, 08:40 PM (IST)

    What the Delhi High Court held on August 20:

    Congress leader P Chidambaram suffered a major setback on August 20 as the Delhi High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail in the INX Media scam, paving way for the investigating agencies, CBI and ED, to arrest him.

    The High Court held that he was "prima facie the kingpin" in the INX Media corruption and money laundering cases and "simply because he is a Member of Parliament would not justify grant of pre-arrest bail to him".

     "Facts of the case prima facie reveal that petitioner is the kingpin, that is, the key conspirator in this case. Law enforcing agencies cannot be made ineffective by putting legal obstacles in the offences in question," the judge said.

    The High Court said this was a "classic case of money laundering" and the twin facts which have weighed to deny pre-arrest bail to him are "gravity" of the offence and "evasive" replies given by him to questions put to him while he was under protective cover extended to him by this court.

    – PTI

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