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P Chidambaram sent to CBI Custody till August 26 in INX Media Case



New Delhi: A special court on Thursday sent former Union finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody for four days till 26 August in an alleged corruption case involving INX Media.

“Considering the facts and circumstances, I am of the view that police custody is justified,” judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar of the special CBI court said and remanded Chidambaram to the CBI’s custody till August 26. The court said the allegations against Chidambaram are “serious in nature” and that “there cannot be a dispute with the fact that a detailed and in depth investigation is required”.

“The allegations made against the accused are serious in nature and there cannot be any dispute with the fact that a detailed and in-depth investigation is required in the present case. The enormity of money allegedly involved in this case and the persons who are accused necessitate an in-depth investigation,” the order said.
The special CBI court also allowed Chidambaram’s lawyers and his family to meet him for half an hour daily. Chidambaram also needs to be medically examined every 48 hours.

The Delhi high court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea filed by Chidambaram in the INX Media case.
“This court cannot permit the prosecution in this sensitive case to end up in smoke like it has happened in some other high-profile cases,” the high court said.

The court had also called it a “classic case of money laundering” and declined to provide interim protection from arrest to the Congress leader.
The CBI has alleged that Chidambaram abused his position as finance minister in 2007 to grant INX Media Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore.


Maharashtra, Haryana polls on 21st October




New Delhi: Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 21, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.

Counting of votes in both the states will be held on October 24, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said at a press conference here.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the notification for the elections in the two States would be issued on September 27, the last date for candidates to file nominations would be October 4, the date for scrutiny of nominations would be October 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be October 7.

“Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters” said Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora.

Chief Election Commissioner also appealed to the political parties to avoid use of plastic in campaigns, as he said, “Election campaigns impose an environmental cost upon us. We appeal to political parties to avoid use of plastic and use only environment-friendly material in their campaigns.”

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