The next corruption train involving the former Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram is about to arrive. On Friday the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has decided to arrest the tainted former Finance Minister, who is currently in Tihar jail in a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case in the INX Media bribe. In its petition, the ED told the trial court that they want custodial integration of Chidambaram and money laundering through his 17 bank accounts. Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar ordered to produce Chidambaram on Monday (October 14) at 3 PM in the Court on ED’s petition.
In the morning, Delhi High Court Bench of Justice Suresh Kait has issued a notice to Chidambaram and Karti on CBI and ED’s petition against the anticipatory bail given by controversial trial court Judge O P Saini in Aircel-Maxis scam.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s Bench headed by Justice Bhanumati is scheduled to hear Chidambaram petition seeking bail in the CBI case on October 15 (Tuesday). With the ED moving on Friday to trial court seeking custodial interrogation, Chidambaram’s to plan to get out of the jail has collapsed. Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 21 and the Court has sent him to Tihar jail on September 5.
Chidambaram’s petition against arrest by the ED is already rejected by Supreme Court and it is now certain that the trial court is expected to grant ED’s request for arresting the former Finance Minister. Normally jail stays are higher in ED’s case and the tainted former Finance Minister Chidambaram’s chances are bleak to get out the prison. The agencies are expected to arrest Karti also as he is the co-accused of Chidambaram in both corruption cases.
It is learned that certain co-accused officers have expressed their willingness to become Approvers in the INX Media case.
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