Chi­dambaram may have to stay in Ti­har till Sept 23 High Court Re­jects Plea For Home Food

NOW, YOGI GOVT MULLS RE­DUC­ING TRAF­FIC PENAL­TIES UN­DER NEW MO­TOR VE­HI­CLES ACT AHEAD OF AKHILESH’S RAMPUR VISIT, SP’S AZAM AND HIS AIDES BOOKED FOR ‘STEAL­ING GOATS’ ED ques­tions DKS daugh­ter for eight hours

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK * THE TIMES OF IN­DIA, NEW DELHI | FRI­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 13, 2019

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thurs­day re­fused to pro­vide for­mer Union min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram any im­me­di­ate re­lief on his bail plea in the INX Me­dia cor­rup­tion case. Jus­tice Suresh Kait gave CBI seven days to file a status re­port and posted the mat­ter for Septem­ber 23, while Chi­dambaram’s ju­di­cial cus­tody ends on Septem­ber 19.

The HC also re­jected the Congress leader’s plea for home-cooked food and per­mis­sion to meet fam­ily mem­bers daily. “Sorry, it can­not be given,” the judge said, adding that the same food is avail­able for ev­ery­one in prison, and even the 84-year-old OP Chau­tala, who is serv­ing a10-year term, con­sumes jail food.

When his lawyers sought an ur­gent hear­ing be­fore Septem­ber 23, the court said they should have ap­proached it ear­lier.

With the HC in no mood to bring for­ward the hear­ing, Chi­dambaram’s lawyers with­drew a sec­ond plea chal­leng­ing the trial court’s re­mand or­der. The high court also ques­tioned why the 73-year-old filed two pe­ti­tions and or­dered that the sec­ond pe­ti­tion was “dis­missed as with­drawn”.

Mean­while, the ED in­formed a spe­cial court that it was in the mid­dle of in­ter­ro­gat­ing six per­sons in the INX Me­dia case and it would seek Chi­dambaram’s cus­tody at an ap­pro­pri­ate time. ED, with the aim of mak­ing use of 15 days of re­mand it is per­mit­ted to seek, did not want to pur­sue Chi­dambaram’s cus­tody as of now.

On Septem­ber 5, the for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter had filed a pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing to sur­ren­der be­fore the court. Op­pos­ing the plea, solic­i­tor gen­eral Tushar Me­hta said that an ac­cused “could not choose” the date of his ar­rest and “cur­tail the dis­cre­tion” of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency to choose its own mode and method of in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The court re­served its or­der for Septem­ber 13. New Delhi: The ment Direc­torate ques­tioned Aish­warya, daugh­ter of Kar­nataka

Congress leader D K Shivaku­mar, for more than eight hours on Thurs­day in its money laun­der­ing probe.

Shivaku­mar was ar­rested on Septem­ber 3 after four days of ques­tion­ing. The ED is prob­ing his in­vest­ments and al­leged trans­ac­tions through some shell com­pa­nies in Sin­ga­pore.

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