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Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh meet P Chidambaram at Tihar Jail



New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday met P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail, where he has been lodged since September 5 in connection with the INX media case. Chidambaram’s son Karti also met his father at the Tihar Jail.

Chidambaram, who is under judicial custody till October 3, is being probed by CBI and ED in cases of corruption and money laundering in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted to INX Media during his tenure as finance minister in 2007.

Congress has been claiming that Chidambaram is a victim of political vendetta unleashed by the Modi government against political rivals. Last week, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel had met Chidambaram at Tihar.

After the meeting, Chidambaram’s family put out a tweet from his handle on his behalf saying: “I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following — I am honoured that Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the @INCIndia party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave.”


Chidambaram’s family and lawyers are allowed to meet him for 30 minutes every day. The former finance minister has kept his Twitter account active by asking his family members to post his views on the current political and economic developments.


Lethal bomb explosion hits Baghdad amid Anti-Government protest




Baghdad: A lethal bomb blast has exploded in central Baghdad, the hub of anti-government protests which have gripped Iraq for weeks, as clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi safety forces resumed.

At least six people were killed and around 30 others suffered injuries when a bomb placed under a vehicle detonated near Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad blast.

The blast, which happened at night, targeted a crowded area in al-Tayaran Square, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told Xinhua news agency on conditions of anonymity.

It was the very first these incident in the cash due to the fact the demonstrations began in early October, even though it was not quickly very clear no matter if the explosion close to Tayaran Sq. and Tahrir Square specific the protesters.

Protesters had repeatedly regrouped from under clouds of tear gas as they fought to tear down a concrete wall blocking access to Khilani Square.

Security forces erected the barrier to keep the demonstrations from crossing a bridge that leads to the fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

The clashes come as rights teams condemned using extreme pressure by police and safety forces when coping with peaceable demonstrators, in addition to medical employees and ambulances.

Since October 1, Iraqis have been pouring onto the streets of Baghdad and southern cities to protest in opposition to corruption and the federal government’s failure to ship fundamental companies and financial alternatives.

The protesters’ calls for have since widened to incorporate the resignation of the federal government and a full overhaul of the nation’s political system, which was established after a US-led invasion that critics say has allowed sure people and teams to counterpoint themselves and increase their affect.

A minimum of 320 folks have died since October 1 with greater than 15,000 wounded through the protests, in line with the Iraqi Parliament human rights fee.

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