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INX Media case: Court orders jail authorities to produce Chidambaram on October 14

The Enforcement Directorate is seeking custody of the veteran Congress leader for interrogation
The court had earlier dismissed former Union minister P. Chidambaram's (in picture) plea for surrendering in the case after the ED said it would seek his custody when required

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 11.10.19, 01:46 PM

A Delhi court on Friday asked Tihar jail authorities to produce former finance minister P. Chidambaram before it on October 14 to enable it to decide on an Enforcement Directorate's plea.

The ED is seeking custody of the veteran Congress leader for his interrogation in the INX Media case.

Issuing the production warrant against Chidambaram, special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar asked the Tihar jail authorities to produce him before the court at 3 pm on Monday.

Chidambaram is currently in Tihar jail following his arrest in the INX Media case lodged by the CBI.

Appearing for the ED, solicitor-general Tushar Mehta and special public prosecutor Amit Mahajan told the court that Chidambaram's custody was required to seek information about some overseas shell companies and 17 bank accounts.

The court had earlier dismissed Chidambaram's plea for surrendering in the money laundering case after the ED said it would seek his custody when required.

Mehta had argued that certain aspects need to be probed before his custodial interrogation.

The CBI had arrested Chidambaram on August 21 after the Delhi High Court had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea on August 20 in the INX Media case.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the clearance granted by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as the finance minister.

The ED had subsequently lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017.

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