New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram was set to walk out of jail after 106 days in custody with the Supreme Court giving him bail in a money laundering case connected to INX Media and directing that he can’t leave the country without its permission.
Granting Chidambaram bail — a move that led to inevitable political ripples with the Congress welcoming it as truth prevailing at last and the BJP deriding the party for “celebrating corruption” — the apex court also said Chidambaran could not speak to the media and should neither try to influence witnesses nor tamper with evidence.
Setting aside the Delhi High Court November 15 verdict denying the former Union finance minister bail, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi, granted the relief to the 74-year-old Congress leader on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.
The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, restrained Chidambaram from giving any press interview or making any statements with regard to the case.
It said the Enforcement Directorate’s claim that he can tamper with evidence cannot be accepted on “face value” as he is neither in political power nor holds any post in the government.
PC will attend Rajya Sabha soon: Wife
PC’s wife Nalini welcomed the SC’s order granting him bail in the money laundering case and said he will start attending Rajya Sabha proceedings after taking care of his health.
Custody vengeful and vindictive
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said P Chidambaram’s 106-day-long custody was “vengeful and vindictive” and hoped that he will come clean in the INX Media case.
Extremely relieved: Karti
Soon after the SC granted bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case, his son Karti said that he is extremely relieved that his father is back home after 106 days.
P Chidambaram arrest political terrorism: Pande
AICC General Secretary and Rajasthan Incharge Avinash Pande termed the entire episode as “Political Terrorism”. “The way P Chidambaram has been kept in jail for 106 days, that is political terrorism. Central agencies are being used to threaten politicians,” Pande said, addressing the media at Jaipur airport. Pande also spoke on the removal of SPG cover from Gandhi family and said, “Providing security to Gandhi family members is of utmost importance as terrorist attacks have occurred on them. Under such circumstances, the removal of SPG cover points to vengeful action.”
I welcome the Honourable SC's decision to grant bail to former Central Minister and senior Congress leader #PChidambaram ji after more than a 100 days in jail.
Truth finally prevails.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 4, 2019
पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री श्री पी. चिदंबरम जी को 100 दिन से अधिक जेल में रखने के बाद जमानत देने के सुप्रीम कोर्ट के इस निर्णायक फैसले का मैं स्वागत करता हूँ| #SatyamevaJayate
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) December 4, 2019