The Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who was detained for an inquiry into corruption case on Wednesday, endured a sequence of setbacks at the Supreme Court. His request to bail plea has not been listed for a hearing in the Supreme court.
A panel informed Mr. Chidambaram's advocate Kapil Sibal that the request would only be mentioned following "Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi's instructions." The top tribunal also refused to accept his petition calling for CBI pre-arrest bail on Wednesday-stating it was "infructuous" now that he had been detained.
The tribunal is now receiving the Enforcement Directorate's request to protect Mr. Chidambaram from arrest. The five-day CBI custody of Mr. Chidambaram ends today. At a unique tribunal, the CBI is likely to ask for an expansion of its custody. The Sources says the CBI is likely to suggest that throughout his investigation over the previous four days fresh proof has come to light.
Mr. Chidambaram is suspected by the CBI of enabling an enormous transfusion of international funds into the media company INX Media in 2007, when he was finance minister, for example, his son Karti Chidambaram, who was supposedly kick backed for his position.
The Directorate of Enforcement has lodged a money laundering case similar to the accusations. The Supreme Court held the agency back from arresting him until today last week.
The agency said that either Chidambaram is an ex-Finance minister and former home minister or a normal citizen, pre-arrest bail must not be given. It would be a judicial travesty if the top tribunal accepts the plea of the defendant.