The Hush Post / 12: 50 pm/ 1-min-read
The petition of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram challenging his CBI custody was not listed for a hearing at the top court.
A bench told Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal on Monday that the petition would be listed only after “orders from Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi”.
The top court also refused to take up his petition requesting protection from arrest by the CBI, filed last week, saying it was “infructuous” now as he had already been arrested.
The court is now hearing Chidambaram’s petition for protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.
Chidambaram’s lawyers argued that when the court had said on Wedneasay last that the petition would be heard on Friday, the CBI should have waited instead of arresting him on Wednesday.
Chidambaram’s five-day CBI custody ends today. The CBI is likely to ask for an extension of his custody at a special court.
Chidambaram is accused by the CBI of facilitating foreign funds amounting in crores into the media company INX Media in 2007, when he was finance minister, at the instance of his son Karti Chidambaram, who allegedly received kickbacks for his role.