The Supreme Court granted bail to P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI. The relief from Supreme Court for Chidambaram came after two months of his arrested.
A bench headed by Justice R Banumathi set aside the Delhi High Court’s September 30 verdict denying bail to Chidambaram in the case. Chidambaram will make himself available for interrogation as and when called by the probe agency, the SC said.
Chidambaram will, however, continue to remain in jail as he is presently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate.
The bench granted bail to Chidambaram on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with one surety,The SC also added that Chidambaram be released on bail if not required in any other case.
The bench made it clear that Chidambaram will not leave the country without prior permission of the court and make himself available for interrogation as and when called by the probe agency.
The bench clarified that its observation in the order granting bail to Chidambaram in the INX media corruption case would not have any bearing in other pending cases against him.
The top court also dismissed the CBI’s plea challenging the findings of the high court which had said that Chidambaram was not a flight risk and cannot tamper with the evidence.The bench also said the high court should not have gone into the merits of the case while deciding Chidambaram’s petition.