A day after he was arrested, a Delhi Special Court on Thursday remanded former Union Minister P Chidambaram to CBI custody till August 26 in connection with its probe into charges of corruption in the INX Media case.
Chidambaram was arrested late Wednesday night for his alleged role in the case. The special judge said that Chidambaram will be allowed to meet his family everyday and shall also be medically examined from time to time.
“Considering all facts and circumstances, I am of the view that police custody is justified,” special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said, remanding Chidambaram in CBI custody.
“The allegations made against the accused are serious in nature and there cannot be any dispute with the fact that a detailed and in-depth investigation is required in the present case. The enormity of money allegedly involved in this case and the persons who are accused necessitate an in-depth investigation,” the order said.
Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI after a high-octane drama on Wednesday night. He spent the night at the CBI headquarters. He was questioned by CBI officials.
In the morning the probe agency produced him at the special court seeking the five-day custody. The CBI argued that the Union minister had been evasive in his answers and not cooperating in the investigation.
The former -minister’s counsel Kapil Sibal argued that the CBI cannot expect P Chidambaram to confess. “CBI cannot say Chidambaram was evasive during the investigation. Not confessing is not non-cooperation. He doesn’t need to say yes to everything,” Sibal told the court.
Shortly after arguments ended at the special court, Karti Chidambaram tweeted his admiration for senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi who appeared in court for P Chidambaram. “It’s a privilege to hear @KapilSibal and @DrAMSinghvi in court. Master class. They should video record all court proceedings. Will be most useful to all students of law, particularly those interested in court craft,” he tweeted.