New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram who was sent to judicial custody on Thursday, moved a separate plea seeking certain things, including medicines and western toilet facility, he would need during his stay in Tihar Jail.
As special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar read out his order sending Chidambaram to jail till September 19, his lawyers moved separate pleas seeking permission to carry his spectacles, prescribed medicines and facility of a western toilet.
“He has moved another application for direction to jail authorities to provide adequate security considering that he has Z category security.
“It is also prayed that separate cell with adequate security be provided. The requests made in the applications stand allowed,” the court said in its order.
During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the court that there will be adequate security for Chidambaram in the jail.
Left with option of regular bail
The veteran Congress leader did not press for bail in a Delhi court on the expiry of his CBI custody, leaving him with the option of seeking regular bail.
Instead of sending Chidambaram to Tihar jail in judicial custody, his counsel submitted, the former finance minister may be taken into the custody by the Enforcement Directorate in the money laundering case related to INX Media in which the agency has been asked to respond by September 12.
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However, in between, Chidambaram has the option for moving a regular bail plea in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI.
When contacted, some lawyers associated with the case, said on the condition of anonymity that the future course of action will be decided after going through the apex court’s judgement by which Chidambaram failed to get relief in the money laundering case.
The lawyers said they would also analyse the investigation done in the corruption case during the last 15 days when Chidambaram was in the CBI custody.
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