New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case registered by the CBI. The bail was granted to Chidambaram on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with one surety of the like amount. 

A bench headed by Justice R Banumathi set aside the Delhi High Court's September 30 verdict denying bail to Chidambaram in the case saying that the findings of the court do not have any bearing on the proceedings in the case.

The bench, which also included Justice AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, also clarified that its observation in the order granting bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case would not have any bearing on other pending cases against him.  

The bench, however, said that Chidambaram has to make himself available for interrogation and he will not leave the country without prior permission of the court. Chidambaram, 74, will remain in the custody of Enforcement Directorate till October 24.

Last week the court had allowed the ED to question Chidambaram after the probe agency sought 14-day custodial interrogation of the 74-year old senior Congress leader. The court also granted him permission to have home-cooked food, western toilet, medicines in the ED custody.

Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 21 shortly after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the Delhi High Court. The CBI had registered an FIR against Chidambaram for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in May 2017 for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was the finance minister. After this, the ED also registered an FIR against him in a money laundering case.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma