New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has issued a lookout notice against former finance minister P. Chidambaram, on Wednesday, in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.
The agencies said that the alert notice against the Congress leader, whose anticipatory bail was rejected on Tuesday, has been sent to all land, air and seaports and law enforcement agencies at these facilities. It says, that the ED should be alerted in case the person is found on their premises.
Sources in both the agencies —the CBI and the ED— continue to say that the location of Chidambaram is not known, despite their respective teams searching different places.
Meanwhile, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana on Wednesday said that Chidambaram’s plea against the Delhi High Court’s order cancelling his anticipatory bail plea would be put before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to consider for urgent listing.
An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, @PChidambaram_IN ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister. He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government,
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 21, 2019
“I am sending it to the Chief Justice of India. He will pass orders,” the bench told Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for Chidambaram. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED and CBI, told the bench that it is a case of money laundering of “monumental magnitude.”
Modi’s Govt is using the ED, CBI & sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram.
I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 21, 2019
In the latest development, both the CBI and the ED have filed Caveats, in the Apex Court, against Chidambaram’s petition seeking protection from arrest. It means, the Court now cannot pass an order without hearing the party who has filed it i.e. both the Investigative agencies.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have condemned these latest developments.