New Delhi : P Chidambaram who is currently lodged in the Delhi’s Tihar Jail, his plea to surrender before the ED (enforcement directorate) has been dismissed by a Delhi Court.
The Enforcement Directorate had opposed Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail application in the Supreme Court earlier this week to insist that the agency needed to arrest him. But it hasn’t made its move yet.
The unusual attempt by Chidambaram to force the Enforcement Directorate, or ED, to arrest him was first made on September 5, hours after the Supreme Court declined to protect him from arrest by the ED.
The Congress leader was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the INX Media Case on August 21 and spent 14 days in the agency’s custody before being sent to Tihar jail. At that time too, Chidambaram had offered to be arrested by the ED so that he could avoid going to Tihar jail. Chidambaram’s legal team had argued that the only reason the federal agency was determined to send him to judicial custody was to “humiliate” him. The request to let him surrender before the ED was the former minister’s plan to exit Tihar jail.