The (CBI) is set to oppose in the Delhi High Court the bail plea of senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, currently in Tihar jail, n the INX Media corruption case, saying it was “gravest case of economic offences”.
Chidambaram, who was arrested on August 21 by the CBI from his Jor Bagh residence here, is currently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody till October 3.
His bail plea, in which he has claimed that the criminal proceedings against him were “mala fide” and borne out of “political vendetta”, is listed for further hearing before Justice Suresh Kait on September 23.
In its written response to Chidambaram’s bail plea, the CBI said the gravity of offences committed by the former finance minister for which he is being investigated does not entitle him to seek any relief as it would not only be against the ‘zero tolerance policy on corruption’ but would also be setting a very wrong precedence in all corruption cases.
It said this was a clear case of betrayal of public trust at large and granting the relief to 73-year-old Chidambaram will set a wrong precedent in corruption matters as it was allegedly a clear case of betrayal of public trust.