Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended till August 30

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram being produced at a CBI court in the INX media case, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

A special CBI court on Monday (August 26) extended the CBI custody of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram till August 30 in the INX Media case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sought a five-day extension of the former Union minister’s custody, but was given only four days.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by Chidambaram against the Delhi High Court order that had cancelled his anticipatory bail plea in the alleged corruption case.

Rejecting his appeal on the ground that the petition had become infructuous since he had already been arrested on August 21, the bench comprising justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna asked the former Union minister to apply for regular bail before the appropriate court.

Earlier in the day, Chidambaram, through his counsel, contended in the Supreme Court, that his plea challenging the trial court’s order remanding him to CBI custody in the INX media case has not been listed for hearing despite the apex court’s direction on August 23.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidambaram, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice R Banumathi and said that during the hearing on Friday last, the court had said that the plea challenging the remand order would be taken up for hearing on Monday but it has not been listed for arguments.

The bench told Sibal that Chidambaram’s plea will be listed for hearing after the registry gets necessary orders from CJI Ranjan Gogoi. “The registry has some difficulty and we have to take orders from the Chief Justice,” the bench told Sibal.

(With inputs from agencies)