No Relief To Chidambaram From SC

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram challenging the Delhi High Court’s order which denied him anticipatory bail in connection with the INX Media case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said the petition has become infructuous as he was arrested on August 21.

The apex court, however, asked him to move a regular bail plea before the appropriate court.

Chidambaram had moved the Supreme court the same day the High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.

During the course of proceeding today, Kapil Sibal, senior counsel representing the former Union finance minister, said that he had mentioned the matter for urgent listing on August 21 but the court did not list it until August 23.

“I have a fundamental right,. It is a matter of my liberty. I should have been heard by the Supreme Court,” the counsel contended.

Sibal argued, “If the arrest had taken place and I had filed it later, the petition against Delhi High Court would be infructuous. I have a right to be heard under the law.”

After the High Court rejected Chidambaram’s pre-arrest bail on August 20, he was arrested and sent to CBI’s custody by a trial court for four days, ending on Monday.


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