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22 AUgust 2019

A Delhi special court Thursday remanded Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram in CBI custody till August 26, observing that the allegations against him in the INX Media case are "serious in nature" for which a "detailed and in-depth investigation is required". 

Granting his custody to the CBI, special CBI judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar directed 
that Chidambaram be allowed to meet his family members and lawyers for 
half-an-hour everyday, and that he be medically examined every 48 hours. 

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in 
FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as Finance 
Minister. Thereafter, the ED too opened a probe into alleged money 
laundering in the case. 

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Dayan Krishnan and 
Vivek Tankha, appearing for Chidambaram, opposed the the CBI remand 
application and said co-accused Karti Chidambaram had been granted regular 
bail by Delhi High Court and there was no interference by the Supreme Court, 
and that (chartered accountant) S Bhaskararaman was on anticipatory bail 
which had also not been challenged before the higher court. 

Sibal and Singhvi said "the entire case is based on the case diary and a 
statement by Indrani Mukerjea. the turning of Indrani into an approver does 
not add new facts to the case". 

The special judge, however, said "the allegations made against the accused 
are serious in nature and there cannot be dispute with the facts that a 
detailed and in-depth investigation is required in the present case". 

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