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SC gives no reprieve to Chidambaram

Chidambaram’s petition seeking protection from arrest was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi who said the case will be put before CJI Ranjan Gogoi who will eventually pass the orders. 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED and CBI, told the bench that it is a case of money laundering of “monumental magnitude”.

Further P Chidambaram has submitted in his petition in Supreme Court that the High Court’s observation that he was the “kingpin” in the INX Media case was completely baseless and that the FIR was “politically motivated and an act of vendetta”. 

In the meanwhile, troubles are mounting for chidambaram. The probe agencies pasted a notice on his resdience wall that he has to appear before them within two hours at around 2 AM. The Enforcement Directorate issued a fresh look out circular against P Chidambaram. 

ED officials have said the alert notice against the Congress leader has been sent to all land, air and seaports and law enforcement agencies at these facilities. It says the ED should be alerted in case the person is found on their premises. 

It also asks them to not allow the Congress leader to cross the Indian border without the permission of the ED. 

The officials said this is a preventive measure exercised by the agency as Chidambaram’s whereabouts are not known at present and he is required by them to take the probe forward in the INX Media case, being investigated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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