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INX Media case: HC extends Chidambaram's interim protection from arrest till Jan 15

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday extended till January 15 the interim protection from arrest granted to senior P on his pleas seeking anticipatory bail in the INX case lodged by the ED and the CBI.

Justice A K Pathak listed the matter for further hearing in January next year as was not available today.

The central government's mentioned before the court that the was not available today.

was represented in the hearing through advocates Pramod Kumar Dubey and Arshdeep Singh.

On July 25, the high court had granted interim protection to from arrest and directed the ED not to take any coercive step till August 1 against him in the INX money laundering case.

Prior to that on May 31, the high court had protected him from arrest in the case lodged by CBI.

On August 1, the court had extended the interim protection to September 28 and then to October 25 in both the cases.

On October 25, the interim relief was extended till November 29.

The court had also directed Chidambaram to cooperate with the investigation in both the cases as and when required.

The senior leader's role had come under the scanner of various investigating agencies in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX case involving Rs 305 crore.

It was during his tenure as minister in the that clearances from the (FIPB) were given to the two ventures.

In the case, the CBI had registered an FIR on May 15 last year, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as minister.

Thereafter, the ED had last year lodged the money laundering case in this regard.

A trial court here had also granted protection from arrest till August 7 to Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case in which he and his son were named in the charge sheet filed by the CBI.

Chidambaram's petition had said that though no summons had ever been served on him by the ED in this case, he had an apprehension of arrest in view of the summons issued to him by the CBI, which was investigating the scheduled offence.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:30 IST