Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar Jail since September 5 in the Rs 305 crore INX Media case, took a swipe at the CBI on Sunday after the agency claimed the 74-year-old Congress leader was a flight risk. In a tweet posted on his official account Mr Chidambaram said he was "thrilled" that some people believed he could "grow golden wings and fly away".
"I am thrilled to discover that according to some people, I will grow golden wings and fly away to the moon. I hope I will have a safe landing," his family posted on his behalf.
On Thursday a Delhi court was told Mr Chidambaram had neither a pillow nor a chair in his cell, because of which he had "developed back pain". The court refused to be swayed by the claim, which the government dismissed as a "small issue" and extended his custody to October 3.
I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following:— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 22, 2019
"I am thrilled to discover that , according to some people, I will grow golden wings and fly away to the moon . I hope I will have a safe landing."
This means the Congress veteran will have spent nearly a month in jail by then.
Mr Chidambaram's legal team protested after the judge announced the next date of hearing.
"Custody cannot be mechanically extended. What's the ground for extension," fellow Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked the court, adding "Mr Chidambaram has already completed 14 days of police remand and 14 days of judicial remand. What's the reason for extension?"
Despite having spent the last 17 days in jail, Mr Chidambaram has kept his Twitter account active, courtesy his family. His most recent tweet was on his 74th birthday, when he warned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government that only bold action could revive the ailing economy.
My thoughts today are about the economy. Just one statistic tells the story. Export growth in August was -6.05%.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 16, 2019
No country has achieved GDP growth of 8% without exports growing at 20% a year.
A former Home and Finance Minister, P Chidambaram is accused of signing off an infusion of foreign funds into INX Media in 2007. His son Karti Chidambaram is accused of receiving kickbacks for facilitating the process.
The Chidambarams were named by INX co-founders Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, who are in jail in Mumbai in connection with the murder of Indrani's daughter Sheena Bora.
With input from ANI