SC dismisses CBI review petition against bail to Chidambaram in INX Media case

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS): In a relief for Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the review petition filed by CBI against the bail granted to him in the INX Media case.

A bench comprising Justices R. Banumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said: "We have perused the review petition and the connected papers carefully and are convinced that the order of which the review has been sought does not suffer from any error apparently warranting reconsideration."

In October last year, the apex court had granted bail to Chidambaram in a case registered by CBI for alleged offences under Prevention of Corruption Act in the INX Media case. But, he could not get out of the jail then, as he was under custody in a case registered by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

In December 2019, the top court granted him bail in the ED case, and he was released after spending over 100 days in custody.

It was only on December 4 that the SC granted him bail in the case registered by ED, paving the way for his release after 104 days of custody.

In December, a bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi had said that the Congress leader will not make any public statements regarding the INX Media case, and also make no attempt to intimate the witnesses in the case.

The apex court had also imposed conditions on the bail -- Chidambaram's passport will remain confiscated, and he will not be allowed to leave the country without permission; he would give no interviews to the press; and he will also make himself available for interrogation in the matter.

The court directed Chidambaram to deposit bail bonds of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties subject to satisfaction of a special judge hearing the case.

The top court observed that the bail order will not have any effect on action against other accused in the case. The apex court, observing the gravity of the economic offences, said the bail is the rule and jail the exception, and that Chidambaram had already spent many days in ED's custody.

He was arrested by the CBI on August 21 last year in a case registered on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving Rs 305 crore overseas funds in 2007, when he was the Finance Minister.



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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 4 2020

    Everyone in Congress is now coming clean. Time for Modi to tell us about money in PM Cares Fund ...

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  • Ashraf, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Mumbai , delhi high court has given 14 days time asking centre to give details of PM care fund. Where the moeny is been used and what for.

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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Fri, Jun 5 2020

    Ventilators purchased by Govt. of Gujarat to be checked and the case to be preceded immediately

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Jun 4 2020

    Chidambaram should file a counter suit for Rs 500 crores for defamation and mental torture to CBI and govt for needlessly dragging the case and levelling unfounded and unproven charges against him.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 4 2020

    Not IANX media case - review Rafale deal documents. Investigate how the portfolio got lost. Investigate the qualification of a bankrupt claimed to be a pauper novice entrepreneur to get the contract awarded to build the fighter jet components depriving HAL the business.

    Stop blaming the previous government of loot, explain where RBI's contingency funds disappeared. Explain how the GDP slumped from 7.4% before six years to 1.4% in the first quarter of 2020.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 4 2020

    Nobody stops you from filing PIL for all ur compkaints

    But be ready to pay heavy fine if it is just for ur personnel ego

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 4 2020

    Are you intimidating those who are voice against the robbery BJP is doing/has done ?

    How much fine did the one who wasted the judiciary's time, seeking to change India to Bharat ??

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