ED arrests Chidambaram after questioning at Tihar jail

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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday arrested former Finance Minister P Chidambaram after questioning him for nearly two hours at Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.


Earlier in the day, a three-member team of ED including Mahesh Gupta, Sandeep Thapliyal, and Dainik Jain had arrived at Tihar Jail to interrogate him.

Chidambaram’s arrest came a day after a special court allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to grill Chidambaram for 30 minutes in connection with the matter to decide on his arrest.

Earlier, the special CBI court had ruled that if the grounds specified in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) are made out, Chidambaram can be arrested.

According to the ED officials, he has been arrested under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and will be produced before the court later in the day.

The 74-year-old Congress leader’s wife Nalini Chidambaram and son Karti were present in Tihar jail complex to meet him.

Chidambaram is in judicial custody in Tihar Jail since September 5 in a corruption case related to the alleged scam being probed by the CBI and ED.

The CBI had registered an FIR alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPM) clearance given to INX media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the finance minister.

Based on the FIR, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case against him.

His son Karti has also been named in the case, was arrested by the CBI on February 28, 2018. However, he was later released on bail.

Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 21, a day after the Delhi High Court denied his anticipatory bail plea.

After the expiry of the maximum time period for police custody, the Court had remanded Chidambaram to judicial custody on September 5.

The Congress leader will be produced in court on October 17 at the end of his judicial custody.

 

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