A decision on former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s appeal seeking protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate, will be taken on September 5, the Supreme Court said today. The former minister, who has been in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation since last week – will have immunity from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.
The court said it would hear his plea against his remand in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday. Earlier this week, a special court allowed the CBI to keep him in custody for questioning till Friday.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing the ED, has refuted these claims and told the top court that the agency had received specific inputs on Chidambaram’s assets abroad. Chidambaram, 73, was arrested by the CBI on August 21.
To counter the stand of ED that Chidambaram was evasiveand non, cooperative, his lawyers had submitted that no important questions were put to him and had urged the Court to summon the transcript of interrogation and materials collected by the agency.