P Chidambaram is already in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Supreme Court today heard Former Union minister P Chidambaram's plea to get protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case. On Tuesday, Mr Chidambaram was granted a day's protection by the top court. The senior Congress leader is already in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which arrested him last week. Mr Chidambaram's legal team had argued that the Enforcement Directorate case against him does not stand, since the particular law was not there when the alleged offence was committed. It also demanded that the Enforcement Directorate produce the transcript of their questioning session with the senior Congress leader, which, they say, is evidence that he was not being evasive.
Here are the LIVE updates on P Chidambaram's case in the Supreme Court:
My "Fanciful" Global Assets Don't Exist: Karti Chidambaram
What The Government's Top Lawyer Said In Court
"This is not a witch hunt as alleged by them. We have material to show that it is a serious case of money laundering. We have collected cogent materials in the case," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench, which would continue hearing arguments in the case on Thursday.
Top Court To Continue Hearing In The Case Tomorrow
Supreme Court will continue to hear tomorrow plea of P Chidambaram against Delhi High Court's order of dismissing his anticipatory plea on a case being probed by Enforcement Directorate in INX media case.
Prevention With Capital P: Enforcement Directorate Counters P Chidambaram
"You (Enforcement Directorate) want to arrest me, but for what reason? The answer is - to humiliate me, to humiliate me and to humiliate me, all letters of humiliation in capitals, minute by minute and hour by hour," Abhishek Singhvi, part of P Chidambaram's legal team had said.
"It's not done for 'humiliation, humiliation, humiliation', as Mr Singhvi said yesterday, but only for prevention, prevention, prevention with capital P," said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate.
Probe Agency in Supreme Court
Banks abroad have given specific details of accounts and properties belonging to P Chidambaram. The argument from the other side was material can't be used as evidence - legal provision says during trial, court can call for case diary but it will not be treated as evidence
Enforcement Directorate in Supreme Court
- We have details from various banks across the world and it can't be made public
- There are specific rules that these details will be given to authorities in sealed cover and to show how sensitive the case is
- Once charge sheet is filed, the material in sealed cover will have to be given to the accused
- The details can't be given even to the adjudicating authorities
Being Stopped From Doing Our Statutory Duty: Enforcement Directorate
We are being prevented from doing our statutory duty by court. Custodial interrogation is needed.
Top Court Begins Hearing P Chidambaram's Plea Against Arrest Enforcement Directorate Case Against P Chidambaram Does Not Stand: Lawyers
The section on conspiracy in the PMLA Act (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) didn't exist for the time when the alleged offences took place. "Constitutional law states that a person cannot be charged with a crime that was not an offence at the time of its alleged commission. Nor can he be given greater punishment than prescribed at the time of commission of the offence, Abhishek Singhvi, part of P Chidambaram's legal team said.
Motive Of Government Is To Demonize And Humiliate Him: P Chidambaram's Family
"While we understand that the motive of the government is to demonize and humiliate P Chidambaram, we are deeply saddened that the media is unable to uphold liberty against calumny. One of the fundamental principles of liberty is: Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," Mr Chidambaram's family claimed in a message posted on social media
"To Humiliate Me Hour By Hour": P Chidambaram To Top Court On Arrest Move
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is in CBI custody in the INX Media case, on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the probe agency wanted his arrest just to "humiliate" him. He asked how he can be called a "kingpin" for an alleged offence with retrospective effect.