New Delhi: The legal team of P Chidambaram has asked the CBI not to take any coercive action against the former Union finance minister as his petition is to be heard in the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.
Hours after the Delhi High Court refused to grant any protection from arrest to Chidambaram in the INX media case, the CBI issued a notice to him yesterday, asking him to appear before the investigation officer within two hours, after failing to find him at his residence.
In response, the legal team of Chidambaram said the notice did not mention the specific provision of law under which he was summoned and asked not to take any coercive action against him till his petition comes for hearing in the Supreme Court Wednesday morning. Arshdeep Khurana, lawyer of Chidambaram, stated that his client has come to know “through reports” that he has been asked to be present before the investigation officer in the INX media case.
“I am instructed to state that your notice fails to mention the provision of law under which my client has been issued a notice at midnight calling upon him to appear at a short notice of 2 (two) hours. Furthermore, kindly note that my client is exercising the rights available to him in law and had approached the hon’ble Supreme Court on 20.08.2019 seeking urgent reliefs in respect of the order dated 20.08.2019 dismissing his anticipatory bail application no. 1316/2018 in the captioned FIR,” Khurana responded.
It further stated, “On moving the Hon’ble Supreme Court at 04:30 PM on 20.08.2019, he has been permitted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court to mention the urgent Special Leave Petition against the above said order before the Hon’ble Supreme Court at 10.30 AM on 21.08.2019.”
“I therefore request you to not take any coercive action against my client till then and await the above mentioned hearing at 10:30 AM on 21.08.2019.”
A team of CBI officers had landed at the Chidambaram’s posh Jor Bagh residence here to locate him, officials said. The CBI team left the premises after confirming that he was not present at the address, they said. The team, which had some superintendent of police-rank officials, did not make clear if they had gone to his residence to arrest him for alleged irregularities in foreign investment clearance to INX media during his tenure as the Union finance minister.
A team of officials returned to Chidambaram’s residence 115-A Jor Bagh and pasted a notice asking him to appear before R Parthasarthy, CBI Dy SP, probing the case. However, the notice pasted at his residence did not mention the specific provision. Chidambaram is likely to seek protection from the arrest from the Supreme Court.