Chidambaram’s bail plea: SC seeks reply from CBI

The Supreme Court today issued notice to CBI, asking it to respond on former finance minister P Chidambaram’s plea seeking bail in the INX Media corruption case.

The bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice Hrishikesh Roy asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, to file response and posted the matter for hearing on October 15.

The judicial custody of Chidambaram was on Thursday extended till October 17 after the CBI sought an extension of remand in the INX Media corruption case. But he will be allowed food from home — a request he made earlier, citing health reasons.

During hearing before the special CBI judge AK Kuhar, the CBI informed the bench that a bail plea has also been moved in the Supreme Court by Chidambaram’s counsel.

Chidambaram’s legal team has also asked for medical check-ups at a hospital – which the court has accepted. Chidambaram’s jail custody was extended after his bail plea was turned down by the Delhi High Court on Monday. The court said the former minister might influence witnesses if released.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, told the court that the agency has no objection to home-cooked food being provided to Chidambaram, and the SG gave his consent for the provision.

Chidamabaram has been in Delhi’s Tihar jail since September 5, after the Central Bureau of Investigation finished questioning him in the case.