Crooked former Finance and Home Minister P Chidambaram is back again in Tihar prison, after failing in his tricks to make false claims on his medical status. The fast track court on Wednesday sent Chidambaram back to judicial custody in Tihar jail till November 13 in the INX Media money laundering case, after the two-week-long interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The court directed Tihar authorities to provide Chidambaram with medicines, western toilet, security and a separate cell. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar rejected the ED’s demand for additional day custody and also ordered that the former Minister be allowed to have home-cooked food considering his medical condition.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram in the morning approached the Delhi High Court with interim bail application citing his medical ailments. The High Court had already fixed November 4 for hearing his regular bail from the ED’s money laundering case. The interim application was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who sought an urgent listing of the matter. The bench listed the matter before the appropriate court on Thursday.
ED has taken custody of Chidambaram on October 16. He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 21.
The agency is expected to counter Chidambaram’s “frivolous” claim on his bad health, citing the exact medical records from AIIMS.
The fast track court directed the Tihar Jail authority to provide adequate security to the senior Congress leader, considering that he is a protected person. “He may be allowed to carry his prescribed medicines. It shall be ensured that the accused is medically examined for his illness at the jail hospital and if required, in any multidisciplinary hospital such as RML Hospital, Safdarjung or AIIMS Hospital.,” said the order rejecting Chidambaram’s request to get admitted in a Hyderabad-based hospital for his stomach related issues.
“The Superintendent, Central Jail, Tihar, Delhi shall provide the facility of a western toilet to the accused (Chidambaram), especially home food considering his medical record and ailments. However, the home food shall be delivered in the office of Superintendent who shall provide the same to the accused after necessary security checks,” it said in its order.
ED has taken custody of Chidambaram on October 16. He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 21. The CBI has already filed a Review Petition before the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R Banumathi for granting bail in the CBI case. In the petition, CBI cited many errors in the judgment of Banumathi headed Bench in granting bail.
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