The Supreme Court of India on Monday extended former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s CBI custody till Thursday for which he avoided the possibility o being sent to Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
Advocate Kapil Sibal argued that Chidambaram is 74 and should be protected as he has spent 11 days in CBI custody since his arrest on August 21.
Sibal further appealed the top court that there must be some protection to Chidambaram. “He is 74 years old. Let him be put under house arrest and not sent to Tihar Jail,” said Sibal to the apex court.
Chidambaram has been put up in a suite in CBI custody at the guest-house floor of the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi. If he is sent to judicial custody, then he will be taken to the Tihar, Asia’s largest prison facility.
The top court said that Chidambaram who was arrested by the CBI in a corruption case, should apply for regular bail before the competent court to which Sibal argued that it can’t humiliate people like this wondering what would happen if the trial court rejected the request and sent him to jail.
The court said that the house arrest was an option only for political prisoners. Moreover, Judges R Banumathi and AS Bopanna also questioned why Chidambaram was not making the request before the special CBI court which has to decide on his custody.
The CBI, on the other hand, said that it was the special CBI court which has to decide on where the Congress leader should be held and insisted that he should be granted no protection.
The apex court finally ordered three more days of CBI custody and decided to take up Chidambaram’s case on Thursday.