Former Union Minister P Chidambaram has been arrested on Wednesday morning by a three-member team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after questioning him for nearly an hour at Tihar Jail in Delhi in the INX Media case. The arrest came a day after a special court agreed to the agency’s request for his custodial interrogation.
Chidambaram has been in Tihar jail since September 5 in the money laundering case.
The probe agency will be moving the CBI court later in the day seeking Chidambaram’s custody. The application will be heard tomorrow.
Meanwhile, his wife Nalini and son Karti also went to jail this morning to meet him.
Karti, while quoted by news agency ANI after meeting his father said, “I came to meet my father. He is in good spirits. Whatever these procedural games are being played is for political theatrics. This is a bogus investigation.”
The probe agency accuses Chidambaram of money laundering in the INX Media case on Tuesday had moved two applications- to formally arrest Chidambaram and seek his custody.
Two options have been given to the agency by the court: To question Chidambaram at the court premises for half an hour and then move an application for custody, and sending him to Tihar jail for now and arresting him from there. The agency had settled for the second option.
Initially, the agency wanted to arrest him as soon as possible. The officials even suggested that Chidambaram can be interrogated at the Rouse Avenue court premises and then arrested but Judge intervened saying “dignity of the person should be considered”.