The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, July3, granted extension in interim protection from arrest to senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram in the INX Media case till August 1.
Justice A.K. Pathak directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to take any coercive action against Chidambaram till August 1. Meanwhile, the CBI sought more time to file response on Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea as they may require to conduct custodial interrogation of the accused.
On May 31, Delhi High Court granted interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram in the INX Media case till July 3.
On June 25, CBI had approached the Supreme Court against the bail granted to P Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram by the Delhi High Court in the case. Karti Chidambaram is accused in the INX media money laundering case. Karti was arrested on February 28 for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the Union Finance Minister in the UPA government. Later, Karti was granted bail.
Earlier, the court granted interim protection to Karti Chidambaram from arrest till July 10 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The CBI and ED are investigating how Karti Chidambaram managed to get a clearance from the FIPB in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister in 2006.