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After 106 Days, Chidambaram Walks out of Tihar Jail, to Call on Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi

Expressing his happiness over his father’s release, Karti Chidambaram said that the plan is to call on Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The court extended the judicial custody of Chidambaram till December 11 in connection with the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram leaves Tihar Jail to be produced before a Delhi court, in New Delhi on November 27, 2019. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: After being lodged in Tihar Jail for 106 days, Congress leader P Chidambaram was released on Wednesday evening hours following a Supreme Court verdict granting him bail in the INX Media money laundering case.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi, granted bail to the 74-year-old former Union finance minister, who has been in custody since August 21 when he was arrested by the CBI.

“I am glad my father is finally coming home. Supreme Court has given relief after the unwarranted 106 days of jail. The plan is to call on Congress President Sonia Gandhi after my father comes out of the jail,” his son Karti Chidambaram said ahead of Chidamabaram’s release.

Earlier in the day, Congress had hailed the verdict saying that “truth finally prevails”. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Chidambaram’s incarceration was “vengeful and vindictive”, while expressing confidence that he will be able to prove his innocence in a fair trial.

Chidambaram was first arrested by the CBI on August 21 in the INX Media corruption case and was granted bail by the top court on October 22. The ED had arrested him on October 16 in the money laundering case.

The CBI registered its case on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in a FIPB clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007, during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. The ED afterward lodged a money-laundering case.

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