On Friday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special has extended the date of police custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram till 2 September in the alleged INX Media Case.
Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar passed the order. Earlier, Chidambaram was produced before the same judge on the expiry of his four-day custodial interrogation reportedly on 26th of August.
The judge said, “Investigation being prerogative of the investigating officer and given the fact that the record is voluminous and accused needs to be confronted. Thus, more time is required. In view of the submissions made, the accused is sent to police custody remand till 2 September.”
Also, on Monday the Supreme Court will hear the plea by P Chidambaram over the remand order by the CBI court. Earlier, Dayan Krishnan, Chidambaram’s counsel opposed the five-day custodial remand of CBI. However, the additional solicitor general (ASG) KM Natraj sought the same.
Later, the court observed the custodial reasons mentioned by CBI for the five-day extension for former finance minister were uncertain. It added that the CBI would have initially sought a remand for 15 days if they knew the interrogation would take time. To which, the ASG responded that they weren’t sure of the time it would need for further interrogation, and Chidambaram needs to be confronted with some documentary evidence.