Believing that the INX media scam was a well-known case of money laundering, the court said the twin facts which have counterbalanced to deny pre-arrest bail to Chidambaram are the gravity of the offense and obscure responses given by him to questions put to him while he was under secure cover extended to him by the court.
Chidambaram, 73, also displeased to get any immediate relief from the Supreme Court that was proposed shortly after the high court canceled the interim protection from arrest, paving the way for the CBI and the ED to arrest him.
The CBI team, which reached Chidambaram’s home hours after the high court judgment, left the premises after verifying he was not present. A team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also reported later.
Here is A Chronological Timeline Of Chidambaram And INX Media Case
May 15, 2017:
Central Bureau of Investigation claimed irregularities to INX Media in FIPB. The claim was for receiving overseas funds of approximately Rs 305 crore in the year 2007. It was when P Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister.
(ED) Enforcement Directorate filed money laundering case in the matter.
June 16, 2017:
Under Union Home Ministry, look our circular next to Karti was issued by (FRRO) Foreigner Regional Registration Officer and Bureau of Immigration.
August 10, 2017:
Madras High Court sojourn LOCs issued next Karti and four others.
August 14, 2017:
Supreme Court sojourn Madras High Court’s order.
August 18, 2017:
SC asks Karti to appear before CBI on August 23.
September 11, 2017:
CBI informs SC ‘it has furnished details in a sealed cover on the probe about possible transactions abroad and 25 testified offshore properties of Karti.
September 22, 2017:
CBI informs SC that Karti was barred from traveling abroad as he was supposedly closing foreign bank accounts.
October 9, 2017:
Karti seeks SC’s permission to visit the UK to get his daughter admitted at Cambridge University.
October 9, 2017:
P Chidambaram tells SC that the BJP-led government has been moving on a politically-motivated feud against him and his son.
November 20, 2017:
SC allows Karti to visit the UK for daughter’s admission.
December 8, 2017:
Karti stirs Supreme Court challenging call issued by CBI against him in Aircel-Maxis case.
February 28, 2018:
Karti arrested by CBI at Chennai airport and brought to Delhi. Delhi court then sent him to one-day police custody.
March 5, 2018:
Karti moves SC to challenge ED indictment issued in money laundering case.
March 6, 2018:
The special court then sent Karti to 3-day CBI custody.
March 12, 2018:
Court sent Karti to 12-day judicial custody. Karti moved Delhi HC seeking bail in the corruption case.
March 15, 2018:
SC gave interim security to Karti from arrest by ED.
March 23, 2018:
Delhi HC granted bail to Karti in INX Media corruption case.
May 30, 2018:
Chidambaram moved to Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail appeal in CBI corruption case.
July 23, 2018:
Then again, Congress leader moved Delhi HC for an anticipatory bail in money laundering case of ED.
July 25, 2018:
HC granted him interim security from arrest in both cases.
October 11, 2018:
ED attaches 50% of Chidambaram’s Jor Bagh bungalow.
July 11, 2019:
Sheena Bora murder case prosecuted and INX Media owner Indrani Mukherjea retraces approver.
August 20, 2019:
HC adjourns anticipatory bail pleas, declines Chidam-baram’s request to sojourn the order for 3 days to enable him to appeal in Supreme Court.