Former Home and Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram tried every trick in the book to stay out of jail but he ran out of options and on Thursday evening, landed in Tihar Jail. For the past two weeks, Chidambaram and his lawyers were mocking the judicial system in India and bullying the Trial court. Many bizarre demands were presented from the Supreme Court to the Trial Court as soon as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested him on August 21.
First, in the Supreme Court, lawyers and Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi were abusing and maligning the bold High Court Judge Justice Sunil Gaur. Chidambaram’s advocates planted a story that the High Court Judgment was copy-pasted from “a note” given by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). This atrocious allegation was repeated many times till the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected and asked them to explain about which “note’ they were talking about. What was worse was that many pliable journalists were simply “swallowing and vomiting” what Congress lawyers lied in the Court.
There was an inordinate delay in settling frivolous petitions filed by Chidambaram. Normally the apex court will allow a maximum of up to 5 to 10 minutes arguments in such cases and it took around five days. There was widespread criticism across the country on the delay and giving lot of time to Chidambaram. Justice Banumati’s decision to ask CBI to hold Chidambaram in their custody the previous week created many doubts in the minds of the public. Actually Chidambaram’s petition to Supreme Court against remand by the trial court was not proper. Normally and as per custom, these types of complaints had to be filed first in the High Courts. The CBI even filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against listing this complaint. Anyway, on Thursday, Chidambaram withdrew this petition; minutes after the Supreme Court canceled his request for bail from ED’s arrest.
And we have seen within hours, Chidambaram was seen pleading in the trial court with a curious demand that he is ready to surrender before ED, begging that he should not be sent to Tihar jail. Bullying tactics of Chidambaram and his lawyers did not work with the Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar. It must be remembered that even after Supreme Court’s Judgment in the morning in the INX Media bribery case, another trial Judge O P Saini had audacity to provide anticipatory bail in another case – Aircel Maxis Scam – in the afternoon. These things show the rot in the Judiciary and the power of the corrupt people in our system.
Chidambaram’s corruptions were first exposed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in mid-2011. After his role in 2G Scam and in Aircel Maxis Scam in April 2012, Chidambaram was caught in INX Media bribery case. INX Media bribery case was caught by ED’s Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh when he raided Chidambaram’s home and Karti’s companies in December 2014. In the raid, Chidambaram family’s illegal assets in 14 countries and 21 foreign bank accounts were found. PGurus reported these details in an article titled as ‘Chidambara Rahasya’ in March 2017.
 Chidambara Rahasya – Details of huge secret assets & foreign bank accounts of Chidambaram Family – Mar 15, 2017, PGurus.com
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