August 26, 2019

Chidambaram Tells SC That His Plea Challenging CBI Custody Has Not Been Listed Despite Recent Supreme Court Order

[ By Bobby Anthony ]


Former Finance minister P Chidambaram has told the Supreme Court that his plea challenging the trial court order remanding him to four days judicial custody has not been listed despite the top court's direction on August 23.

His defence counsel and senior advocate Kapil Sibal told a bench headed by Justice R Banumathi that despite the last Supreme Court order, his client's petition challenging trial court remand order has not been listed.

Justice R Banumathi, who is on the bench with Justice AS Bopanna, informed Sibal that the petition would be listed as soon as the Supreme Court registry received an order from Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The two other special leave petitions (SLPs) challenging the Delhi High Court's order denying anticipatory bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering and corruption cases, will be taken up for hearing shortly.

Meanwhile, in a fresh petition, Chidambaram has challenged two orders of the Special CBI Judge issuing a non-bailable arrest warrant against him and subsequently remanding him to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody.

The CBI custody is expected to end shortly and it is expected that Chidambaram will be produced before the Special CBI judge at Rouse Avenue Court Complex, where the CBI is expected to pray for an extension of his remand.

Therefore, it would be upto the Special SBI Judge to decide if Chidambaram’s remand period in CBI custody should be extended or not.

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