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INX Media case: Chidambaram's protection from arrest extended until Aug 1

The Delhi HC had earlier asked the senior Congress leader to cooperate in the investigation as and when called by the CBI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

P Chidambaram
Former finance minister P Chidambaram. Photo: PTI

The on Tuesday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case until August 1. 

Justice A K Pathak, who had earlier granted the interim protection until Tuesday, extended the relief to Chidambaram by one more month.

The high court had on May 31 asked the senior Congress leader to join questioning and cooperate in the investigation as and when called by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CBI had on the last date of hearing opposed the anticipatory bail plea saying Chidambaram should have first approached the trial court for relief instead of the high court. 

In Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea, it was contended that the former minister was being harassed in the case, in which he was not named. 

Chidambaram had on May 30 rushed to a trial court for protection from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis case of the Enforcement Directorate before approaching the high court in connection with the

The senior Congress leader's role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal of Rs 35 billion (Rs 3,500 crore) and involving Rs 3.05 billion (Rs 305 crore). 

It was during his tenure as finance minister in the UPA-1 regime that FIPB clearance was granted to the two ventures in which alleged irregularities have been found.

In the INX Media case, the CBI had registered an FIR on May 15 last year against alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 3.05 billion (Rs 305 crore) in 2007 when Chidambaram was finance minister.

Chidambaram's son was also arrested in the matter on February 28 for allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 1 million (Rs 10 lakh) in the case. He was granted bail on March 23.

The other accused in the case include then INX Media Director and then INX News Director    

First Published: Tue, July 03 2018. 12:58 IST