Chidambaram moves Delhi High Court seeking interim bail on health grounds: A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Congress leader former Union minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till November 13 after the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody ended today, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The court also rejected Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) application that was seeking Chidambaram’s remand for one more day. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 16.
Reports said the Congress leader moved Delhi High Court seeking interim bail till November 4, 2019 on medical grounds but the ED opposed this request tooth and nail. The court is likely to hear the matter on Thursday. Chidambaram’s lawyer Arshdeep Singh filed the interim bail plea. In the plea, the Congress leader told the court that he is not responding to the treatment at AIIMS and that’s why he sought the interim relief to consult and get examined by his regular treating doctor at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad.
Chidambaram was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS after he complained of a stomach ache around 5.40 pm on October 28, 2019 while under the custody of the Enforcement Directorate in INX media case. Last week, during a court hearing, the Congress leader had urged the court that he should be allowed to go for a treatment to Hyderabad due to acute stomach pain. The 74-year-old Congress leader has been in ED custody from August 21, 2019 after the CBI arrested him.
Reports said Chidambaram, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the year 2017, is suffering from chronic abdominal pain for the past few days. On October 24, the former Union minister had also requested the CBI to allow him visit Hyderabad for treatment of his stomach ailment.
The CBI and the ED allege that both P Chidambaram and his son Karti had received illegal gratification from INX Media owners Peter and Indrani Mukherjea for Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance.