NEW DELHI — Senior Congress leaders and former finance minister P. Chidambaram has been arrested by CBI from his home in a swift operation on Wednesday night in the INX Media case, minutes after he reached his Jor Bagh home following a dramatic appearance at the press conference at the Congress headquarters.
Delhi Police personnel had blocked the access to former minister’s house even as another team of CBI officials made their way into the building in the posh Jor Bagh area here through the back door, reports IANS.
The moment Chidambaram arrived at his home from the press conference at the Congress headquarter on Akbar Road, the CBI personnel scaled walls and entered the premises.
Chidambaram was seated in the middle of a white car with CBI personnel sitting on his either side as he was driven straight to the headquarters of the probe agency, located barely a few kilometres away from his house, according to reports.
Sources said CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla himself was present at the headquarters along with top officers for the questioning of the former minister.
A team of CBI personnel had reportedly been keeping a surveillance outside Chidambaram’s house ever since the Delhi High Court denied him anticipatory bail on Tuesday.
Sources said that the team of lawyers were present with Chidambaram at the time when he was taken into custody.
The entire operation was swiftly executed within half an hour of his arrival in Jor Bagh.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had issued lookout notices against the former home minister.
Earlier in the evening, when Chidambaram appeared at the Congress headquarter he said he was “not hiding from the law but seeking protection of the law”.
“I was aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law. On the contrary, I was seeking the protection of the law. I was accused of running away from justice. On the contrary, I was engaged in the pursuit of justice,” Chidambaram reportedly said.
(With media inputs)