Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka meet Chidambaram in jail

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the Tihar jail today to meet former Finance Minister and senior party leader P Chidambaram.

Visit of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi comes almost a month after Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Chidambaram in the jail.

Reports said Chidambaram, who is suffering from multiple diseases, has lost over 10 kg weight in the last three months. Chidambaram has been lodged in the Tihar jail since his arrest in the INX Media case.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing for the bail application of Chidambaram till today as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate, was busy with the hearing of the pleas on Jammu and Kashmir, Bar and Bench reported.

The top court had, last week, asked the agency to respond to the bail plea in the INX Media case by November 25. The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions against the restrictions imposed on the people of Union Territory following the Centre’s decision to abrogate the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5.

The ED Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court the bail plea of Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case claiming that he used the influential office of finance minister for personal gains and laundered proceeds of crime to conceal tainted money.

In a counter-affidavit filed in the apex court, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that Chidambaram is not entitled for bail as sufficient evidence has come on record that he has been indulging in destruction of evidence and influencing the witnesses.