SC Refuses to Entertain Chidambaram’s Bail Petition Calling it ‘Infructuous’

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Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. — File photo

The Supreme Court calling the plea invalid said since Chidambaram was already in the custody of the CBI, his plea against the Delhi HC order dismissing anticipatory bail was infructuous.

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NEW DELHI  — In a setback to senior Congress leader, the Supreme Court of India rejected Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s petition on Monday challenging the Delhi High Court’s order dismissing his anticipatory bail in a CBI case, saying it has become “infructuous”.

However, the apex court granted the Congress leader liberty to file fresh regular bail in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case in alleged irregularities in the INX Media case in which he was arrested on August 21 night.

“Can’t entertain this after your arrest,” said the court.

“We can’t convert your petition against rejection of anticipatory bail into a petition for regular bail,” Justice R. Banumathi told advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, reports IANS.

The Supreme Court calling the plea invalid said since Chidambaram was already in the custody of the CBI, his plea against the Delhi HC order dismissing anticipatory bail was infructuous.

Chidambaram is being investigated by both the CBI and the ED over charges of money laundering and corruption.

During the hearing, advocate Sibal earlier told the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Banumathi that despite the last order of the top court, his client’s petition challenging the trial court remand order was not listed for Monday.

Justice Banumathi said the petition will be listed once the apex court registry gets the Chief Justice’s order in this regard.

“The registry has some difficulties and they have to take orders from the Chief Justice,” the bench said.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said he had no objection to the plea being heard.

However, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and A M Singhvi said in their arguments that the CBI ensured that Chidambaram’s plea become infructuous by arresting him when he was seeking protection from arrest.
On August 21, the Congress leader had moved the Supreme Court and challenged Delhi High Court order but could not get an urgent hearing on the plea.

Chidambaram, whose CBI custody is ending today (Monday), will be produced before a trial court where the agency can further seek his custody.

Chidambaram was arrested on August 21 and presented before a trial court, which remanded him to CBI custody till August 26.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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