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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday declined interim protection from arrest to Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram for approaching the Supreme Court in the corruption and money laundering cases related to the INX Media scam.

Justice Sunil Gaur denied relief to Chidambaram.

Minutes earlier, the high court had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.

CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister.

The ED had in 2018 lodged the money laundering case in this regard.

Chidambaram meets Kapil Sibal 

Chidambaram discussed with senior advocate Kapil Sibal the situation after the court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.

Sibal, along with a team of lawyers, is currently exploring possibility of mentioning the appeal against the order in Supreme Court.

The discussions are going on in the Supreme Court.

The development came minutes after the high court declined interim protection from arrest to Chidambaram for approaching the Supreme Court.

After the high court denied him relief, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Chidambaram, sought stay on the operation of the order for three days, which the court denied.

Also read: Former finance minister Chidambaram summoned in alleged aviation scam during UPA govt


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