ED issues look-out notice against Chidambaram; no relief from SC yet

The Hush Post / 11:55 am/ 2-min-read

Former union minister P Chidambaram was granted no immediate relief by the Supreme Court on Wednesday after he asked for an urgent hearing on his petition against the rejection of anticipatory bail in the INX Media case. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a look-out notice against Chidambaram.
News18 has quoted Kabil Sibal as saying that he will place the matter for consideration again after lunch, if the plea is not placed before the CJI before that.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal was not able to mention the urgent listing of P Chidambaram’s plea before CJI as the five-judge Constitution bench of the top court commenced the day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya case.
This would mean that, in absence of any order from SC, the investigative agencies are allowed to arrest Chidambaram.
The petition was to be heard by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The ED and CBI officials have laid siege on his Jor Bagh residence in Delhi since yesterday. The ED pasted a notice on his house at midnight asking him to appear within two hours.

In his petition, Chidambaram through his lawyers had told the Supreme Court to take up his case for interim relief urgently, arguing that his antecedents are impeccable and there was no possibility of him “fleeing from justice”.
“It is a monumental magnitude of money laundering case,” the CBI had, however, told the top court.
The CBI on Wednesday continued its efforts to locate P Chidambaram even as the former Union finance minister’s legal team asked the agency not to take any coercive action against him as his petition is to be mentioned in the Supreme Court.

Plea turned down earlier by Delhi High Court

Chidambaram’s request for an urgent hearing of his anticipatory bail petition was turned down by the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon. This came hours after Chidambaram’s plea was rejected by the Delhi High Court.
The plea in Supreme Court was moved after senior advocate Kapil Sibal met Chidambaram and discussed with him the situation after the Delhi HC order. Senior advocates Salman Khurshid and Abhishek Manu Singhvi had also joined the deliberations in SC.
Chidambaram has been questioned several times in the case in which his son, Karti, has been alleged to have received kickbacks in exchange for him allowing the television company to receive foreign funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007.
The HC order said that prim facie, the “petitioner appears to be the kingpin of the entire scam” and has not cooperated with the investigation. “Magnitude and enormity of material produced dis-entitle him from any pre-arrest bail,” Justice Sunil Gaur of the Delhi High Court had said.
Chidambaram has been questioned several times in the case in which his son, Karti, has been alleged to have received kickbacks in exchange for him allowing the television company to receive foreign funds to the tune of Rs. 305 crore in 2007.

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