HC: PC not flight risk but can’t get bail as he may fix wit­nesses

Clar­ify po­si­tion on Shivaku­mar’s bail plea, HC tells ED

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For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram will re­main in jail for now af­ter the Delhi high court on Mon­day dis­missed his bail plea, say­ing it could not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity that he may in­flu­ence wit­nesses once out.

Jus­tice Suresh Kait re­lied on a “sealed cover” in­put by the CBI which said that two ac­cused in the INX Me­dia cor­rup­tion case were asked not to dis­close any in­for­ma­tion against Chi­dambaram and son Karti.

The HC said that even though Chi­dambaram was not a “flight risk” and there was no chance of him tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence, “the fact that he will not in­flu­ence wit­nesses di­rectly or in­di­rectly can­not be ruled out in view of above facts”.

In­ter­est­ingly, when Kait be­gan read­ing out the judg­ment, hopes of Chi­dambaram’s sup­port­ers and his le­gal team rose as the court ac­knowl­edged

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high court asked the En­force­ment Di­rec­torate (ED) on Mon­day to clear its po­si­tion on the bail plea of Kar­nataka Congress mem­ber D K Shivaku­mar in a money-laun­der­ing case. Shivaku­mar, ar­rested by the ED in a case un­der the Preven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act, had last week moved the HC chal­leng­ing the trial court’s or­der deny­ing him bail.

The HC is­sued no­tice to the agency ask­ing it to file a sta­tus re­port and listed the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 14.

Mean­while, the court re­served its or­der on an­other plea by Shivaku­mar, seek­ing a copy of his state­ments recorded by the ED in the money-laun­der­ing case.

how he had been a “strong fi­nance min­is­ter and home min­is­ter and presently, mem­ber of In­dian Par­lia­ment”.

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