A Delhi court allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram in Tihar jail on November 22 and 23 in the INX Media money laundering case.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order on a plea filed by the agency. In its plea, the ED had sought permission to quiz Chidambaram, who is currently in Tihar jail, from 10 am to 1 pm and 2:30 pm to 4 pm on both days, saying that some documents have to be shown to him.
The court had earlier extended his judicial custody till November 27. The high court had dismissed the 74-year old senior Congress leader’s bail plea in the ED case, saying prima facie allegations against him were serious and he played an “active and key role” in the offence. It had said that the entire community is aggrieved if offenders, who ruin the economy of the State, are not brought to books.
Chidambaram had sought bail in the high court, saying as the evidence is documentary and in the custody of probe agencies, he cannot tamper with it. The ED had opposed his plea on the ground that he has tried to influence and threaten witnesses.