A silent Chidambaram to be grilled today
The Hush Post/ 10:00 am/ 2-min-read
Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram spent a quiet night in the CBI guest house
after his dramatic arrest from his Jor Bagh posh residence in the INX media corruption case, CBI officials said on Thursday.
Chidambaram, 73, was kept in the suite 5 of the guest house, on the ground floor of the agency headquarters.
Interestingly, Chidambaram was put up in “Lock-up suite 3” of the CBI building, which was inaugurated in 2011 in his presence. He was the Home Minister of the Congress-led government at the time. He was a special guest then, and was taken on a tour of the building and its lock-up facilities along with then prime minister Manmohan Singh.
High-profile accused are lodged in the guest house to ensure proper security and monitoring, CBI officials said.
Chidambaram was arrested 90 minutes after he made a surprise appearance at a Congress press conference.
“Between now and Friday, I shall walk with a clear conscience and my head held high. I shall respect the law, even if it is applied with an unequal hand by investigating agencies,” the Congress leader read out from a statement at the press conference.
Chidambaram then drove to his home with his lawyers and colleagues Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Though CBI teams had already made two visits to his house, when Chidambaram reached his house they were not there. The CBI first went to the Congress office and later reached his home.
Finding the gates to the building shut, CBI officials literally climbed across the wall to gain access into Chidambaram’s bungalow and then drove their car in.
Chidambaram, accompanied by the members of the investigation team, was brought to the CBI headquarters at around 10 on Wednesday night, they said.
A medical check-up was conducted by a doctor from the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Chidambaram remained mostly quiet except answering a few queries as and when questioned by the CBI officers.
His questioning will start today at around 10 am under DSP R Parthasarthy who is leading the probe. The CBI will take him to court and seek maximum custody, 14 days, for his interrogation.
Indrani Mukerjea, one of the owners of INX media along with her husband Peter Mukerjea, have been crucial links in the case leading to his arrest. They confessed that they had allegedly made payments to a firm linked to finance minister’s son Karti Chidambaram, the CBI has said in the FIR.
The Mukerjeas are both in jail for murdering Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.
P Chidambaram has strongly denied the allegations, saying the payments were for consultancy and his son was in no way associated with that company.