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Economic Times | 26 Aug, 2019 | 07.48PM IST

Chidambaram News LIVE: CBI gets custody for 4 more days, court says it's 'justified'

In a day of setbacks, Chidambaram has been sent to CBI custody for 4 more days by the trial court.

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07:39 PM

CBI confronts Chidambaram with former NITI Aayog CEO Khulla

The CBI has confronted arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram with former NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar in connection with the INX Media case, PTI quoted officials as saying .A 1975-batch IAS officer of the Union Territory cadre, Khullar was the additional secretary in the Finance Ministry when developments related to the INX Media allegedly took place, they said.
07:37 PM

The court has allowed Chidambaram's family members and lawyers to meet him for half-an-hour daily during the CBI custody.

07:36 PM

Investigation is the prerogative of the investigating officer which he has to conduct within the framework of law... I am of the view that further police custody remand of accused P Chidambaram is justified and accordingly, the accused is remanded to further police custody till August 30.

- Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar

07:35 PM

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar said the CBI demand was "justified" that Chidambaram has to be further interrogated in its custody.

05:42 PM

It has been a day of setbacks for P Chidambaram. First, in the morning a Supreme Court bench led by Justice Banumathi refused to entertain his plea against cancellation of anticipatory bail, saying it was infructuous because of the CBI arrest. Then the CBI trial court refused his appeal for bail and sent him for further CBI interrogation for 4 more days.

05:37 PM

Special CBI judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, whose court at the Rouse Avenue court complex deals with criminal cases pertaining to MPs and MLAs, announced his order after reserving it briefly. He ordered that Chidambaram will be sent for further custodial interrogation by CBI till August 30.

05:31 PM

Letters Rogatory sent to 5 countries, says SG

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for CBI said Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to five countries and the investigators are trying to link the transactions of the accused related with the case. "There is prima facie evidence to link the accused with USD 5 million. We are awaiting response on LRs from the five countries," Mehta told the trial court. LRs are a formal request from a court to a foreign court for certain judicial assistance. Sibal said an accused cannot be put in custody till the investigators get the evidence and asked the agency to show basis of allegation of USD 5 million against Chidambaram.
05:28 PM

What Team Chidambaram argued in trial court

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, after speaking to Chidambaram for two minutes, said in the previous remand application, there was a mention of USD 5 million and not a single document was put to him during these four days. He said the case cannot be sensationalised, and not a single question with regard to shell companies as also bank accounts has been asked to Chidambaram. He claimed that questions regarding the e-mails were already asked and Chidambaram has answered them. "There has been 26 hours of questioning. Still nothing asked on all these issues," he said, adding that he wants CBI to put correct facts and the documents relied by it in the court.
05:24 PM

What the CBI argued in trial court

The CBI sought extension of custodial interrogation for five more days. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General K N Natrajan, representing the CBI, said there was sufficient ground for extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation as he was confronted with a co-accused during the interrogation from August 23-26. The confrontation with co-accused is not complete, the prosecutors said and placed before the court a file containing email exchanges between the accused persons. "We need five days of custody of Chidambaram as the confrontation with co-accused will continue to unearth larger conspiracy," Mehta contended without divulging the name of the co-accused.
05:15 PM

Special CBI court extends CBI remand of Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram by 4 days in the INX Media case. He will be produced before the court on 30th August.

05:02 PM

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar has reserved the order on CBI's demand seeking extension of his custody by five days after hearing arguments for nearly 40 minutes. The order is expected to be pronounced soon.

04:55 PM

Delhi court to shortly pronounce order on extension of Chidambaram's CBI custody: PTI

04:46 PM

Delhi court reserves order on CBI's plea for extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days, reports PTI.

04:34 PM

"We need five days of custody of Chidambaram as the confrontation with co-accused will continue to unearth larger conspiracy."

- Tushar Mehta in trial court

04:33 PM

CBI wants Chidambaram in custody for 5 more days

Chidambaram was brought before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar by the CBI which sought extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General K N Natrajan are arguing for CBI and said there were sufficient grounds for extension of his custodial interrogation as he was interrogated from August 23-26 and was confronted with a co-accused.The confrontation with co-accused is not complete, the prosecutors said and placed before the court a file containing email exchanges between the accused persons.
04:14 PM

CBI seeks extension of Chidambaram's custodial interrogation by five days in the case, sources say: PTI

04:07 PM

Hearing int he CBI court to start shortly. Chidambaram's 4-day CBI custody in the INX media case expires today. CBI is likely to ask for extension of custody. Chidambaram's lawyers will appeal for bail.

03:58 PM

Chidambaram brought to court

03:55 PM

Chidambaram is to be produced in Rouse Avenue court in the CBI case shortly. CBI may seek extension of remand.

03:54 PM

Proceedings in SC for the day are done. Interim protection from arrest in the ED case is to continue till hearing tomorrow. Which means Chidambaram cannot be arrested by ED if he gets bail from CBI remand.

03:51 PM

The Rouse Avenue Court has turned into a fortress ahead of the hearing on the remand of Chidambaram. The court room of Special CBI judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, which deals with criminal cases pertaining to MPs and MLAs, is packed ahead of the hearing.

03:49 PM

Kapil Sibal: Merely because he did not confess does not mean he was evasive. Bail was rejected mechanically.

03:47 PM

Meanwhile, back in SC Kapil Sibal says he wants to file a response to the ED affidavit tomorrow. The bench will hear the ED tomorrow at 12 noon. Arguments on Chidambaram's side to be finished today.

03:41 PM

Chidambaram being taken to Rouse Avenue Court

03:38 PM

Chidambaram is to be produced in the special court shortly. He has already left the CBI HQ. Lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi has arrived at Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court for the bail hearing.

03:36 PM

Kapil Sibal for Chidambaram: What I was is irrelevant to all this. What is relevant is how you conduct the investigation.

03:32 PM

Kapil Sibal for Chidambaram: You say you have cogent evidence then you say you are yet to unearth the money trail. So if they are yet to unearth, how is it cogent evidence? The accounts are in the name of shell companies, says ED. How am I connected ?

03:21 PM

Kapil Sibal: You must first question me before seeking remand. Can't give material not put to me and use it as evidence.

03:20 PM

Kapil Sibal: Where does Aircel fit in all this? HC refers to it to take away my liberty. This can go on till Kingdom come. They must show material of substance to show any offence. Why was judgement reserved 7 months? Took seven months to decide gravity of offence.

03:15 PM

SG Tushar Mehta: Chargesheet is yet to be filed. We have filed a counter. At pre chargesheet stage whatever I could reveal, I did to the court.

03:13 PM

Kapil Sibal: How is Chidambaram connected to any of the companies? The chargesheet has been filed and sanction sought in the CBI case. The High Court dealt with both cases. Is there anything to show a conspiracy here?

03:06 PM

Kapil Sibal: All these transactions have nothing to do with Chidambaram. There is no INX in these. All the earlier references were to Karti in the HC ruling. At the end they said Chidambaram is the kingpin.

03:01 PM

Kapil Sibal: Where are the case diaries? Ed never replied in HC.

03:00 PM

S-G tushar Mehta says High Court went by case diaries.

02:58 PM

Kapil Sibal: The petitioner is not in the ED 'note'. The ED note was never put to Chidambaram. He has not got a chance to defend himself. But HC judge acts as per the note.

02:55 PM

ES says where is the question of copying note when there's no note. Sibal says there was a note.

02:54 PM

Kapil Sibal (attacking the HC order cancelling anticipatory bail): Paragraphs in HC order were verbatim copy of CBI/ ED note, comma by comma, full stop by full stop, word by word, sentence by sentence. Their note become findings of the court. Where is the application of mind by the judge?

02:50 PM

Kapil Sibal: The proper course of action in anticipatory bail is to see the facts and see if the nature of the case and its gravity warrants custody. Or if there is possibility of fleeing. Or if there is likelihood to repeat offence.

02:48 PM

Kapil Sibal: No mention of Chidambaram in the first FIR.

02:45 PM

Kapil Sibal: SC can tell CBI to ask him anything in the next 15 days. If he refuses to answer, they can get custodial interrogation.

02:44 PM

Kapil Sibal: Humiliation and disgrace is attached to arrest. The world would believe that you are corrupt once you are arrested . A person would be destroyed.

02:43 PM

Kapil Sibal: Whenever Chidambaram has been called, he has gone to CBI and ED.

02:42 PM

Kapil Sibal: SC has to examine if the power to deny bail has been wisely used by the Delhi High Court.

02:41 PM

Kapil Sibal: You say Chidambaram is evasive. Show how.

02:39 PM

Kapil Sibal: You can't say I am investigation, and I may find something, hence put him on remand. And not give material against him to him to allow him to defend himself.

02:38 PM

Kapil Sibal: If any money has come from INX it will show in its accounts

02:38 PM

Kapil Sibal: In offences of this nature where you say there is money trail and properties where is the need for police remand ?

02:37 PM

Kapil Sibal arguing that courts should lean in favour of bail as it involves a person's liberty.

02:32 PM

Kapil Sibal: No sanction for prosecution has been made against the 6 FIPB officials. Karti has got bail. Auditor and CA have got bail. Indrani and Peter are on default bail.

02:28 PM

Kapil Sibal is arguing against any sort of money payments to P Chidambaram or his son Karti

02:27 PM

Kapil Sibal: Karti connected with a company called Chess. Whereas money was received by another company. It's now established INX did not pay anything.

02:25 PM

Kapil Sibal: Properties etc are all documentary evidence. Can be found out. He's being roped in just because he is the father. So vicariously liable.

02:22 PM

Kapil Sibal: No prima facie evidence of any crime. Yet they deem all this as proceeds of crime.

02:21 PM

Kapil Sibal: Karti is not even a director. How can he control ( of a company alleged to have been part of the transactions)

02:17 PM

Kapil Sibal: As per ED case, conspiracy was entered into in 2008 between INX and Karti . The deal was recommended by all six secretaries of the FIPB. And signed by the minister. All these officials were examined. None have said Karti tried for influence.

02:09 PM

Hearing resumes in Supreme Court

01:52 PM

SC refuses to entertain Chidambaram's plea against dismissal of anticipatory bail

What happened in the Supreme Court today morning.
SC refuses to entertain Chidambaram's plea against dismissal of anticipatory bail
01:35 PM

Hearing will resume at 2:10 pm

01:09 PM

ED tells SC bench to look at material presented by it. The court has taken a break for lunch.

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