New Delhi: A three-member team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram this morning after questioning him for nearly an hour at Delhi’s Tihar Jail in the INX Media case. The arrest came a day after a special court agreed to his custodial interrogation.
The 74-year-old leader has been in Tihar jail since September 5 in the money laundering case, after being arrested by the CBI on August 21. Yesterday ED moved two applications – to formally arrest Mr Chidambaram and seek his custody.
It is reported that ED will be moving the CBI court later on Wednesday seeking Mr Chidambaram’s custody. The application will be heard tomorrow.
It is mention worthy that Mr Chidambaram is accused of signing off on a huge infusion of foreign funds into the INX Media as the finance minister in the UPA government in 2007 at the behest of his son Karti Chidambaram. The CBI has accused Karti Chidambaram of receiving kickbacks in the matter. This morning Mr Chidambaram’s wife Nalini and son Karti also went to the jail to meet him.