1. Chidambaram is an Indian politician and is currently Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. 

He enrolled as a lawyer in the Madras High Court, becoming a senior advocate in 1984. He had offices in Delhi and Chennai and practiced in the Supreme Court and various high courts of India. Also, he was one of the key ministers during ten years of UPA regime. He is well remembered for his Dream Budget presented by him on February 28, 1997, in the Deve Gowda government.

On May 15, 2017 the CBI registered a case against P. Chidambaram alleging irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007, during his tenure as finance minister. Thereafter, the ED lodged the money-laundering case. This was beginning of the hard days ahead of his political carrier.

Chidambaram previously got a reprieve from arrest after the Delhi High Court granted him interim protection in May last year, which was extended from time to time till the court finally took a stand on Tuesday.

On August 20, 2019, the Delhi High Court refused to grant the Congress stalwart anticipatory bail, saying that he seems to be the “kingpin” and “key conspirator” in the INX Media case built by the probe agencies and he needs to be interrogated in custody for the investigation to be effective. 

The High Court also declined Chidambaram’s request to stay the order for three days to enable him to move an appeal in the SC. 

After the Delhi High Court rejected Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea, the former Finance Minister’s legal counsel tried to get him an anticipatory bail from the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court also declined Chidambaram’s plea for urgent hearing on the matter on August 21 and listed the matter for hearing on August 23.

However, to avoid immediate arrest Chidambaram requested the CBI and ED to wait till Friday till the bail plea is heard by the apex court. But without giving heed to his request the ED and CBI issued separate look out circulars to prevent him from leaving the country. The CBI also posted a notice outside Chidambaram’s house asking him to appear for questioning within two hours.

On 21 August, he appeared at the Congress HQ and addressed a press conference stating that he was “not accused”; however, he hurriedly left the place. Within minutes of Chidambaram reaching his residence, the CBI sleuths arrived there. However, all the entry gets of his residence were locked from inside and CBI officials had to scale wall to enter P Chidambaram’s residence. Finally, he was arrested on Wednesday night following lot of dramatic developments and was taken to the CBI headquarters after his arrest. Incidentally, Chidambaram spent night in the lock up at CBI headquarter which he inaugurated in 2011.

On August 22, A Delhi court Thursday allowed four-day CBI custody of Congress leader P Chidambaram, in the INX Media corruption case. After expiry of four-day custodial interrogation granted till August 26

On August 26, Chidambaram was produced in the court of Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, on the expiry of four-day custodial interrogation granted on August 22 and the special judge extended P. Chidambaram’s CBI custody till August 30.

On August 30, the CBI Court further extended Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation till Sept 2.O

On September 5, 2019, P Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail till September 19, 2019. The order was given by Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi where the CBI’s case against the former Finance Minister in relation to INX Media corruption case was being heard.

On September 5, 2019, Supreme Court dismissed his appeal against rejection of anticipatory bail plea by Delhi High Court. The Special Court ordered Chidambaram to stay in judicial custody in Tihar Jail for 14 days.

On September 19, 2019, P Chidambaram was produced in a Delhi court on the expiry of his 14-day judicial custody in connection with the INX Media corruption case. CBI sought extension of Chidambaram’s judicial custody and court extended judicial custody of Chidambaram till Oct 3.

On Oct 16, 2019, A Delhi court issued a production warrant against former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate, ED.

The arrest has been made under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The special court allowed the ED to interrogate P Chidambaram in Tihar jail and arrest him if necessary. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested P. Chidambaram after questioning him for two hours in Tihar jail.

Enforcement Directorate had earlier sought an extension of P Chidambaram’s judicial custody by 14 days till December 11 claiming that P. Chidambaram, being a former cabinet minister, is a “very intelligent and influential man”, adding that his mere presence can intimidate witnesses at this stage and there is direct evidence which shows that he has pressured the witnesses to not join the investigation. The extension was granted today, on November 27, 2019 however, the counsels representing P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi did not oppose ED’s plea for an extension of Chidambaram’s judicial custody. 

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 in CBI case. But the ED re-arrested the veteran leader on October 16 in the consequential money laundering case related to the scam.

Thus all his requests for freedom were junked by many courts, and he has been lodged in Tihar since September 5.