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INX Media case: Delhi court allows ED to quiz Chidambaram till October 24

Former Finance Minister Chidambaram. File

Former Finance Minister Chidambaram. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Delhi court also granted Mr. Chidambaram permission to have home cooked food, western toilet, medicines in the Enforcement Directorate custody.

A Delhi court on Thursday remanded former Union Home Minister P. Chidambram to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody for seven days in the INX Media money laundering case, born of the corruption case lodged by the CBI in the matter.

“Although, I am of the view that the ED could have utilised the time when the accused was in judicial custody in the CBI matter to examine him with regard to the material available with it, for this reason alone I am not inclined to deny an opportunity to it to interrogate him in the present case to facilitate investigation to reach a logical end,” Special Judge A.K. Kuhar said.

“I am inclined to remand the accused to ED custody for seven days. Accordingly, the accused is remanded to the custody of ED till October 24,” the judge further said.

The court also ordered that the accused shall be allowed to meet his family members and counsel for half-an-hour daily.

Counsel Mr. Chidamabram, Kapil Sibal, opposed the remand plea of the ED. He argued that the probe agency was seeking his remand to prolong his custody as his judicial custody in the CBI was ending.

The Directorate had arrested him on Wednesday after interrogating him at the Tihar jail following a court order on Tuesday.

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