INX Media case live updates: Chidambaram arrested, to spend night in CBI HQs; may be produced in court tomorrow

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was detained by CBI on Wednesday night after hours of high drama.


New Delhi: Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday night after hours of high drama. Missing for nearly 25 hours, the Congress leader had surfaced at Congress headquarters in Delhi and addressed a press conference defending himself. 

The Chief Justice of India earlier turned down former Chidambaram's urgent bail plea. The CBI and the ED have also filed a caveat in the top court, asking it to hear their side before deciding on Chidambaram's plea.

From Tuesday night till Wednesday morning, two separate teams of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) reached his residence in Delhi's Jor Bagh. However, the teams were unsuccessful in meeting the Congress leader who is likely to be arrested in the case anytime soon.  

On not finding him, the CBI then pasted a notice on his residence asking him to appear before them in the next two hours. On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court had dismissed Chidambaram`s both anticipatory bail pleas in connection with INX Media case. 

"Whereas it appears that you are acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case noted below, which I am now investigating under Chapter XII of the Code of Criminal Procedure, you are hereby directed to attend before me within two hours of the receipt of this notice for the purpose of investigation of case," read the notice to Chidambaram by investigating officer R. Parthasarathy, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CBI.

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"Particulars of the case: RC 11/2017/EOU-IV/EO-II under section 120-B IPC r/w Section 420 IPC and Section 8 & Section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of P.C. Act, 1988 against M/s. INX Media (P) Ltd. / INX News (P) Ltd. and others," it added.

Chidambaram`s legal team, consisting of top lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, is likely to approach the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court on Wednesday to seek a stay of the High Court order.

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22 August 2019
00:06 IST

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22:38 IST

Chidambaram likely to undergo medical tests at RML hospital.

22:30 IST

"The drama and spectacle being enacted by the agencies is to simply sensationalise and satisfy the voyeuristic pleasure of some," tweets Karti P Chidambaram.

22:16 IST

Nearly 20 to 25 officers, who'd left for the day, have now reached the CBI headquarters. Delhi Police personnel are standing alert outside the HQ.

22:15 IST

This is the first instance of a former Finance Minister being arrested from his home in Independent India. 

22:07 IST

Chidambaram will now spend the night in the CBI headquarters. CBI Director and Joint Director policy already present at the premises. 


22:05 IST

"This is a politically motivated witchhunt. I was raided four times for events which happened in 2008. No one in the history of India has been raided so many times.  The whole thing is being played for voyeurism," said P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram. 

21:58 IST

The CBI vehicle arrives at headquarters of the probe agency. Massive commotions ensue. 

21:56 IST

Chidambaram is seated at the backseat of the SUV, sandwiched between two CBI officials. The vehicle is now heading towards CBI headquarters in the national capital. 

21:55 IST
21:35 IST

Local police reach at Chidambaram's home to assist CBI, ED teams. Congress workers raise slogans at the scene. 

21:15 IST

CBI vehicle enters Chidambaram's home. The team of officials have been at the Congress leaders residence for nearly 20 minutes now. 

20:54 IST

The CBI team comes knocking at Chidambaram's home, however, sees the gate locked. The team then jumped over the boundary wall to enter the premises of Chidambaram's home. 

20:52 IST

Seven-member CBI team reached Chidambaram's home in Delhi's Jor Bagh, likely to arrest him soon. 

20:40 IST

Chidambaram reaches his Jor Bagh home in Delhi. He's accompanied by Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi and other Congress leaders. 

20:33 IST

Chidambaram leaves from the Congress headquarters. Congress workers protest outside the office. 

20:32 IST

"We are together. We respect Chidambaram. He has served the nation. We are proud of him. This is a moment of sadness. He has shown his level of maturity in this distressed situation. These allegations have no grounds," says Salman Khurshid.

20:30 IST

On the INX case, Chidambaram says, "My name is not even in the FIR. These are just lies being spread from pathological liars. I sought protection from court from arrest which was awarded by high court. I enjoyed this protection for 15 months. Yesterday they dismissed the appeal. We moved SC for interim protection from arrest. I was working with my lawyers whole yesterday night. Today I was in court proceedings. I was not running away. I was seeking protection. My case will be heard on Friday. I bow down to the court, I respect the law. I request the agencies to respect the law as well. I have full faith in democracy."


20:28 IST

Article 21 is the most precious tool. For freedom we must struggle, to preserve freedom you must struggle. In last 24 hours, there has been a threat to this freedom: Chidambaram

20:23 IST

In last 24 hours.  much has happened that has caused concern to some and confusion to many. In INX Media case, I've not been accused of any offence nor any one else including any member of my family. There is no charge sheet filed by either ED or CBI before a competent court: Chidambaram

20:21 IST

I believe that the foundation of a democracy is liberty, most precious article of the constitution is Article 21 that guarantees life and liberty. If I'm asked to choose between life and liberty, I will choose liberty: Chidambaram. 

20:19 IST

A team of CBI officials reached the Congress headquarters after Chidambaram leaves premises. 

20:18 IST

The case has been listed for Friday, and until then I will wait for justice: Chidambaram 

20:18 IST

Aghast of being accused of running away from law, on the contrary I was seeking the protection of law: Chidambaram

20:17 IST

Chidamabaram reaches Congress Delhi office and addresses a press conference. 

20:12 IST

Chidamabaram is present in Congress' office, sources told Zee News.

17:00 IST

Supreme Court will hear P Chidambaram's plea for protection against arrest on Friday.

16:08 IST

 No urgent hearing of Chidambaram's bail plea in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. 

15:32 IST

MK chief M K Stalin on Thursday said that there is a political vendetta behind actions of the ED and CBI against Chidambaram in the INX media case. "P Chidambaram is an expert in law and he is able to come out of this situation legally. I think that the actions by CBI and ED are due to political vendetta," he said, reported ANI.

14:42 IST

Chidambaram's lawyers can again approach Chief Justice of India to request that the matter be listed.

14:20 IST

The registrar tells Justice Ramana that the defect in the petition has been cured but only Chief Justice will decide as to when the where the matter will be listed. Justice Ramana says the plea cannot be heard unless the matter is listed.

14:17 IST

Chidambaram's lawyer Kapil Sibal tells the court of Justice NV Ramana that they have come back to him as they have no other option. Sibal also complained about the matter not being listed by the SC registry, responding to which the judge said that it was because of the defect in the petition.

13:05 IST

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi comes out in support of Chidambaram, accusing the government of using the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI to "character assassinate" the former Union minister. "I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power," he says in a tweet. READ FULL STORY

12:46 IST

The CBI has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court, asking the court to hear their arguments before taking any decision on Chidambaram’s plea seeking protection from arrest.

11:35 IST

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has accused the Modi govt of treating P Chidambaram - a senior politician - like a thief. 


11:10 IST

The matter of anticipatory bail for Chidambaram is likely to be mentioned in the court of CJI Ranjan Gogoi at around 1 pm. With the CJI court hearing Ayodhya case at present, the matter could not be listed immediately.

11:02 IST

Lookout notice issued against P Chidambaram

10:48 IST

The SC bench has directed P Chidambaram to approach CJI for a stay on his arrest in the INX Media case.

10:43 IST

SC refuses to stay P Chidambaram's arrest in the INX Media case.

10:24 IST

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has also condemned the CBI move against Chidambaram, saying the country is witnessing the worst kind of 'virulent vendetta'.


10:22 IST

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has also jumped in the defence of P Chidambaram, saying his credibility is unquestionable as he has worked closely with him since 1986.


10:19 IST

Several Congress leaders, including Digvijay Singh, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, Priyanka Gandhi, Manish Tiwari, have condemned the CBI action, saying that this is nothing but 'political vendetta'.


10:17 IST

P Chidambaram's legal team gathers at Kapil Sibal's residence ahead of the SC hearing on a plea filed by the former Home Minister in INX Media alleged corruption case.

08:55 IST

Priyanka Gandhi slams CBI action against P Chidambaram in INX Media case. ''An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram Ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are.''

08:26 IST

According to news agency ANI, a three-member CBI team has reached P Chidambaram's Delhi residence. However, the Congress leader could not be traced and remains incommunicado.


08:12 IST

CBI team reaches P Chidambaram's residence again in connection with INX media case. 

06:53 IST

He has been permitted by SC to mention the urgent Special Leave Petition against the order before Court at 10:30 am today. I, therefore, request you not to take any coercive action against my client till then and await the hearing at 10:30 AM: Arshdeep Singh Khurana

06:53 IST

My client is exercising the rights available to him in law & had approached the Supreme Court on August 20 seeking urgent reliefs in respect of the order dismissing his anticipatory bail (in INX media case): Arshdeep Singh Khurana, lawyer of P Chidambaram.

06:52 IST

Arshdeep Singh Khurana, P Chidambaram's lawyer, has written to CBI after the agency put up a notice outside his residence.

06:51 IST

Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Chidambaram has sought an appeal in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. "His bail was rejected today but what was the urgency for the ED and the CBI to haunt him tonight?" he asked. “This is not a criminal trial. What is happening today is not good for democracy.”

06:50 IST

The Congress party questioned the actions of the probe agencies against Chidambaram, asking what was the tearing hurry when the Supreme Court was slated to hear his appeal on Wednesday morning.

06:49 IST

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister. Afterwards, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018.

06:48 IST

Sibal said that as CJI Gogoi will be on the Constitution bench that is currently conducting daily hearings in the Ayodhya land dispute case, Chidambaram’s petition will come up for hearing at 10:30 AM before the seniormost judge not on the Constitution bench.

06:47 IST

A team of lawyers led by senior advocate and Chidambaram's party colleague Kapil Sibal was told by the registrar (judicial) to mention the petition on Wednesday morning in the apex court.

06:42 IST

Chidambaram`s legal team, consisting of top lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, is likely to approach the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court on Wednesday to seek a stay of the High Court order.