SC rejects CBI's plea seeking review of granting bail to P Chidambaram in the INX media case

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="555"] Congress leader P Chidambaram[/caption]

The apex court on Thursday declined the Central Bureau of Investigation's review petition against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's bail in the INX Media case. A 3-judge bench chaired by Justice R Banumathai rejected the plea by saying that the last year verdict does not suffer from any error apparent warranting it's reconsideration.

The Supreme court, on 22nd october 2019 had granted bail to Chidambaram stating that he was neither a "Flight risk" nor there was any possibility of "his abscondence from the trial"

"Application for oral hearing the review petition in open coyrt is rejected. We have perused the review petition and the connected paper carefully and are convicted that the order, of which review has been sought,does not suffer from any error apparent warranting it's consideration. The review petition is accordingly dismissed", the judges asserted in their ruling.

Late in December this year, the court had accorded him bail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him in the INX Media case. The court percieved that Mr Chidambaram had participated in the investigation and ordered him to continue to do so and not to talk to the press about it, labelling it a sub-judice matter. Chidambaram was also prohibited from travelling overseas, tampering with evidence or contacting witnesses related to the case.

On Tuesday, the ED filed an online chargesheet against P Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram and others linked with the INX Media corruption case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had charged Mr Chidambaram and others with corruption, for allegedly accepting around Rs 10 Lakh as bribe for clearing foreign investment for a private company named INX Media. The agency alleged that back in 2007, during gis tenure as the finance minister under the UPA goverment, P Chidhambaram had alleviated a huge transfusion of foreign funds to the firm which was then owned by former media baron Peter Mukharajee and his wife, Indrani Mukharkee.