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INX Media case: NO Protection- How Investigative agencies go partisan or maybe not!

INX Media
INX Media

The current status of the present case of INX media is taking turns rapidly. Last month it was at a peak for various reasons. The latest updates say that Former Union Minister P Chidambaram will not be sent to Tihar Jail for some time as the Supreme Court extended the CBI custody till Thursday.

Kapil Sibal appealed to the Supreme Court

“There must be some protection to Chidambaram. He is 74 years old. Let him be put under house arrest and not sent to Tihar Jail.” 

In CBI custody, Mr. Chidambaram has been put up in a suite at the guest-house floor of the agency’s headquarters in Delhi. If he is sent to judicial custody, then he will be taken to the Tihar jail.

The 9-year-old INX Media case in which he is declared to have been involved relates to accusations of money laundering. The CBI chose to arrest Chidambaram before the Supreme Court could hear his pre-arrest bail application.

The CBI, which is investigating charges against Mr. Chidambaram in the INX Media case, said it was the special CBI court which has to decide on where the Congress leader should be held. The agency insisted that he should be granted no protection.

The top court finally ordered three more days of CBI custody and decided to take up Mr. Chidambaram’s case on Thursday.

Now, the other side of the story is, both the Congress and the Trinamool Congress have alleged that the BJP is carrying out a political vendetta.

While the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have accelerated several cases against leaders of the Opposition, the lack of action in cases involving BJP leaders has reinforced the impression that the agencies are functioning in a partisan fashion. For example, the corruption cases involving Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa are gathering dust. The CBI has not yet filed an appeal against his acquittal by the trial court in 2016.

It is quite clear to trace back the years ago the case of Amit Shah’s arrest, back in 2010, when it was Chidambaram’s tenure as Union home minister in 2010 that current Union Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in Gujarat for his claimed involvement in an extra-judicial execution.

At present, Mr. Chidambaram has the option of requesting interim bail from the CBI court. Even if it is rejected, he will be in CBI custody till Thursday.

Why he is not taking any action on his available interim bail is a considerable point.