INX media case: CBI arrests Chidambaram from his Jor Bagh residence amid high drama

New Delhi, Aug 21: Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has been eluding the CBI and ED, on Wednesday evening dramatically surfaced at the Congress headquarters.

He appeared at the party headquarters, hours after his petition challenging the Delhi High Court rejection of anticipatory bail was not listed in the Supreme Court.

In the morning, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana refused to grant interim relief from arrest to Chidambaram and referred his plea for anticipatory bail in the INX media case to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing.Live Updates here: 

-This is a totally politically motivated witchhunt: Karti Chidambaram on Chidambaram arrest

-P. Chidambaram brought to the CBI headquarters.

-CBI arrests Chidambaram from his Jor Bagh residence amid high drama.

-Drama at Chidambaram's residence, suspense continues on arrest

-Drama at Chidambaram's residence, clash erupts outside Jor Bagh residence.

-Teams of CBI and ED enters the residence of Chidambaram who is inside his house along with a battery of lawyers, including Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

-ED team also enters the residence of P Chidambaram

-ED team also arrives at Chidamabaram's residence.  

-CBI officials jump inside Chidambaram’s residence. 

-Chidambaram reaches his Jor Bagh residence.

-P Chidamabaram arrives at his residence from the AICC headquarters. CBI and ED have issued a Look-Out Notice against him. 

-I bow down to the Supreme Court order. Will wait till Friday with my head held high: Chidambaram

-Fear of arrest continues to hang over former FM P. Chidambaram as his lawyers were unable to get urgent hearing in the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court order dismissing his anticipatory bail in the alleged corruption and money laundering cases involving INX Media case.

-Chidambaram leaves from AICC headquarters

-CBI, ED team reaches Cong headquarter

-CBI on its way to AICC Headquarters 

-I shall respect law even if applied with uneven hand. Hope and pray that the probing agencies also respects the law: Chidambaram

-I was accused of running away. Aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law. On the contrary, I was working with my lawyers in the pursuit of justice: Chidambaram

-After 7 months, high court cancelled my interim bail: Chidambaram  

-I believe the foundation of democracy is liberty: Chidambaram

-I have not been accused of any offence in INX Media case. There is no chargesheet filed by CBI or ED in the court: Chidambaram

-P Chidambaram at AICC headquarters: I believe that the foundation of a democracy is liberty, most precious article of the constitution is Article 21 that guarantees life and liberty. If I'm asked to choose between life and liberty, I will choose liberty.

-Chidambaram arrives at AICC headquarters 

-Delhi: Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, & Salman Khurshid to address the media at AICC headquarters, today

-CBI has issued a Look Out Circular against Chidambaram to prevent him from leaving the country

Chidambaram has challenged the Delhi High Court order which rejected his anticipatory bail plea on Tuesday.

On January 25, the Delhi High Court reserved order on Chidambaram's bail plea in the case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The agencies had opposed Chidambaram's bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was necessary as he was evasive and had given false information during questioning.

The ED and the CBI are probing how his son Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Finance Minister.

Karti Chidambaram was arrested on February 28, 2018 by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. His chartered accountant S. Bhaskararaman was also arrested and released on bail.

(With inputs from agencies)