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In first court appearance after bail, advocate Chidambaram argues against his lawyers

Chidambaram appeared in a matter of matrimonial dispute, arguing against senior advocates Kapil Sibal & A.M. Singhvi who defended him in INX Media case.

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New Delhi: A week after getting bail in the INX Media case, former finance minister P. Chidambaram appeared as an advocate in a domestic violence and divorce case in the Supreme Court Wednesday.

He is a counsel in the high profile divorce case involving industrialist Jaidev Shroff and his wife Poonam Bhagat.

While Chidambaram was appearing for Bhagat, Shroff was represented by senior advocates Kapil Sibal and A.M. Singhvi — both had successfully argued the Congress leader’s bail in the INX Media case.

Shroff had filed for divorce from Bhagat in 2015 on the grounds of cruelty against him and his two daughters from his first wife. Bhagat subsequently alleged that she was subjected to domestic violence several times during the 11 years of her marriage with Shroff, which resulted in a miscarriage and a broken index finger.

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The case against Chidambaram

Chidambaram was granted bail by a bench comprising Justice R. Bhanumathi, A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy on 4 December. He was in the Enforcement Directorate’s custody in the INX Media money laundering case.

The CBI, in its FIR, had alleged irregularities in a 2007 Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore, while Chidambaram was the finance minister.

While granting him bail, the apex court barred Chidambaram from interacting with the media for interviews or contacting any of the witnesses. The court also asserted that while “economic offences were grave” a bail was the rule and jail an exception.

Since Chidambaram was not a ‘flight risk’, the court also pointed out: “The appellant is aged about 74 years and as noted by the (Delhi) High Court itself in its order, the appellant has already suffered two bouts of illness during incarceration and was put on antibiotics and has been advised to take steroids of maximum strength.”

Also read: Chidambaram sits in on Rajya Sabha proceedings night after being released from Tihar


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  1. Rich people fight divorce cases that goes upto SC. The advocates loot the litigants by falsecpromises of success in higher courts. This is daylight robbery in which a bailed accused and his lawyer together indulge in this robbery. I only pity the foolish litigants😭😭😭

  2. Unless issues of constitutional law are at stake, such cases as divorces etc., should not even be reaching the SC…that’s what Lower Courts, High Courts and Apellate Courts are there for.

  3. The supreme court is hearing a divorce petition. It is 4 years later and the case will probably take more time. This is for a case where the lawyers will charge crores just for 1 day appearance. If it was any of us, we would be sitting forever because we couldn’t afford it and even if we could, there is no chance that the court would even put this case on the docket. Judicial delays destroy lives in the most mundane of ways.

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