Delhi Court sends P Chidambaram to 14 day judicial custody

Former Union Finance Minister and Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, was sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar jail on Thursday in connection with the INX Media corruption case.

Minutes after a special court in Delhi remanded him to custody in Tihar, Chidambaram said, “I am only worried about the economy.”

Chidambaram has been lodged in Jail No. 7 of the central prison. He would remain there for the next 14 days until till September 19th.

His cell — Jail No 7 has a few tightly-packed wards and a couple of cells. As per jail manual, inmates sleep on the floor, but senior citizens are provided a ‘wooden takht’ without a mattress. Chidambaram would be provided a ‘takht’ to sleep, and a provision for a western toilet would also be made in the cell. If he doesn’t like free food provided, he can purchase food of his choice from the jail canteen.

On Tuesday, Chidambaram mocked the government over the economic slowdown after the Delhi court had extended his CBI custody by two days. Soon after he had stepped out of the court, Chidambaram was surrounded by reporters who asked him about the CBI custody. The senior Congress leader had replied, “Five percent. Do you know what is five percent?”

Chidambaram was referring to the latest GDP figures. Chidambaram had also raised his hand to show five fingers as the CBI took him away.

The country’s economic growth has slumped for the fifth straight quarter to an over six-year low of 5% in the three months ended June as consumer demand and private investment slowed amid deteriorating global environment.

Source : Various