A team of Congress leaders wasn’t permitted to meet former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was sent to Tihar Jail in Delhi last day. After a court in Delhi has ordered for his judicial custody, accused of INX Media scam, he was sent to the jail.
A delegation of Congress leaders including PC Chacko, Avinash Pandey, Mukul Wasnik, and Manikkam Tagore was informed that the allotted time to his was over. They had spoken to the Jail Superintendent of Tihar Jail.
One of the party leaders has said that they went on the instructions of Congress Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi to show solidarity with P Chidambaram.
The veteran Congress leader is lodged in Jail Number 7, Ward 9 of Tihar Jail, which is the largest prison complex in Asia. Since Mr. Chidambaram has Z-level Security, the CBI Court has also agreed to his advocate Kapil Sibal’s request for special facilities, which comprises of a separate cell, a bathroom with western-style facilities, a cot, medicines, and security.
Like other prisoners, he will have access to the prison’s library and also can watch TV for a specific time allotted for him.
74-year-old P Chidambaran was brought to the Tihar Jail from he Rouse Avenue Court amid high security. It took over 35 minutes for the jail authorities to bring him to the prison from a court in Delhi. He was spotted sitting alone in the van, waiving at media via a barred window, with a firmly smile face.
CBI has accused Mr. Chidambaram of misusing his post as the Finance Minister of India in 2007, which facilitated a huge infusion of foreign funds in INX Media at the instruction of his son Karti Chidambaram.
He and his son were named by INX Media Co-founders Indrani and Peter Mukherjee, who are under police custody in Mumbai, in link with the murder of Indrani’s daughter Sheena Bora.
The Enforcement Directorate has also lodged money-laundering charges against P Chidambaram.