The Hush Post/ 03:20pm/ 1-min-read
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram was granted bail on Tuesday in the INX Media corruption case by the Supreme Court. However, he will not be released as he remains in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate.
The 74-year-old Congress leader has been granted bail in the CBI case. He will remain in the Enforcement Directorate’s custody till October 24. the top court said.
The Supreme Court ruled that there is no possibility of the former Union Minister absconding and “no whisper” of any evidence that he tried to influence even one witness.
Chidambaram, arrested by the CBI on August 21, had been in judicial custody in Delhi’s Tihar jail until last week, when he was handed over to the Enforcement Directorate.
“The appellant, Chidambaram, is said to be aged 74 years and is also said to be suffering from age-related health problems. Considering the above factors and the facts and circumstances of the case, we are of the view that the appellant is entitled to be granted bail,” the judges said.
Chidambaram was in Tihar for more than a month. On October 15, the SC allowed the ED to question Chidambaram in its custody. The court also allowed him home cooked food, a separate cell, a western toilet, spectacles and medicines for the veteran leader.
The probe agency opposed his request for air-conditioning. He is allowed to meet family members and relatives for half-an-hour every day.