Supreme Court dismisses CBI’s plea challenging P. Chidambaram’s bail

Congress leader P. Chidambaram.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram.

  • The CBI registered a case against Chidambaram in May 2017 after 10 years for benefiting 305 crore for INX Media.
  • After this, the ED also started an investigation of money laundering against him, then the CBI arrested him on 21 August in a corruption case

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the CBI’s plea challenging the bail of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram. The CBI had appealed to the Supreme Court on the bail granted to Chidambaram, an accused in the INX Media case, to reconsider the decision to grant the bail. 

A bench of Justices P Bhanumathi, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice AS Bopanna dismissed the petition saying, “We dismiss the petition for hearing in the open court.” We have seen the petition and the documents related to it and we believe that there is nothing wrong with the decision to award the bail. This decision need not be reconsidered.

The court rejected the investigation agency’s plea

The Supreme Court granted Chidambaram bail on 22 October 2019 in the CBI case. The court rejected the probe agency’s plea that the accused could leave India and flee. After this, Chidambaram got bail in December in the case filed by ED.  

Chidambaram was granted bail after 106 days in jail, Chidambaram was arrested on
21 August 2019 in a corruption case. Soon after, the ED arrested him in a money laundering case. Chidambaram was released from jail after bail in both the cases. He was awarded Bell on 4 December 2019. That is, he remained in jail for 106 days.

CBI filed a case against Chidambaram after 10 years in May 2017.

The ED had claimed that Chidambaram was influencing the witnesses despite being in jail. On the other hand, Chidambaram had said that the investigating agency cannot ruin his career and reputation by making baseless allegations. The CBI had registered a case against Chidambaram in May 2017 after 10 years in the case of INX Media benefiting 305 crore. After this, the ED also started an investigation of money laundering against him.