NEW DELHI || Amid high-voltage drama late on Wednesday night, senior Congress leader and former union home minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged role in facilitating foreign investment in the INX Media company in 2007, as Finance Minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
It is alleged by investigation agencies that his son, Karti Chidambaram, received kickbacks for his role. Minutes after Chidambaram left the Congress office for his South Delhi home, after talking to the media at the Congress headquarters CBI teams reached his house and arrested him. There were protests by the Congressmen but Delhi police were summoned and the area cleared off the protestors.
The arrest was replete with dramatic sequences – of a dazed P Chidambaram, who once was the boss of the same CBI which had now come to arrest him, protestors being dragged by the police and CBIO sleuths scaling the boundary walls of the residence of Chidambaram, whose staff refused to open the main entrance gate.
He has since been taken to the CBI headquarters for completion of formalities mandatory for the arrest after which it is learnt he will be taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for a thorough medical check up. He is likely to be interrogated thereafter.
The Supreme Court had earlier in the day refused to entertain his plea for anticipatory bail on an urgent basis. The case has since been listed for hearing on Friday. Congress has called action against its senior leader a “clear cut case of vendetta”.