Delhi High Court fears that P Chidambaram could influence witnesses, denies his bail

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s bail was yet again denied in the INX media case after the Delhi High Court noted that he might influence witnesses.

Chidambaram has been in Delhi’s Tihar jail since September 5, after the Central Bureau of Investigation finished questioning him in the case. The court’s order came in view of a report submitted to the court in a sealed cover, where it was mentioned that the former minister had asked a co-accused in the case not to speak against him.

“Since the investigation is at an advanced stage and Chidambaram being an influential person, the possibility of influencing witnesses could not be ruled out,” the court said.

After the order, Mr Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram said that he was “not in a position to comment” because he was yet to “read the order”. However, he is expected to consult Abhishek Singhvi and Kapil Sibal on the case.

Chidambaram had signed off on a huge infusion of foreign funds into the INX Media as the finance minister in 2007. The agency has accused his son Karti Chidambaram of receiving kickbacks in the matter. INX Media cofounder Indrani Mukerjea has turned approver in the case against the Chidambaram’s and the investigative agencies have based their case on her testimony.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who Chidambaram worked under said how he could be held responsible for a collective decision, which was taken by a dozen of officials who included six secretaries to the government, who examined and recommended the proposal. “If the minister is liable for approving a recommendation, the whole system of government will collapse,” he added.

Source : Various