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Chidambaram arrested by ED after questioning at Tihar Jail

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, a day after a Delhi court allowed the agency to take him into custody. ED sleuths reached Tihar Jail on Wednesday (October 16) to grill the 74-year-old Congress leader who has been in prison since September 5 after the CBI finished questioning him in the case. A court had on Tuesday (October 15) allowed three ED officials to interrogate Chidambaram in the INX media money laundering case.

The investigating team followed procedure after a court here on Tuesday had allowed the agency to interrogate the senior Congress leader, lodged in the jail in the CBI case, and arrest him, if necessary, in this case, they said.

A three-member team of investigators of the central agency who arrived at the prison at 8:15 am remained in the premises for about two hours during which they briefly questioned 74-year-old Chidambaram after which he was placed under arrest. The arrest has been made under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and his statement was also recorded under this same provision, they said. The ED subsequently sought 14-day custodial interrogation of the former Union minister from a court here.

Sources indicated that Chidambaram will now be put through some fresh evidence, obtained from offshore jurisdictions, and confronted with the statement of other accused in the case once his full-time questioning begins, after the grant of custody.

The Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on Chidambaram’s bail application in the INX Media corruption case filed by CBI after solicitor-general Tushar Mehta said he was preoccupied with another case before a constitution bench. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government was deliberately delaying proceedings.

However, Mehta told the bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi that “no prejudice” would be caused to Chidambaram if the matter was posted for Friday as the ED had arrested him.

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Magha Purnima: know the religious significance & worship time

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The Magh Purnima date is on 27 February Saturday. Magh Purnima Tithi has special significance in Hinduism. On this day, bathing in the holy river and performing charity will attain salvation. According to Hindu belief, those who bathe on Magh Purnima get happiness and good fortune and child happiness. On Magh Purnima, donations, havans, fasts, and chanting are done. Let’s know about Magh Purnima Tithi Muhurta and its importance.

Magh Purnima originates from the name of Magha Nakshatra. It is believed that during the month of Magha, the gods come to earth and take human form, bathe, donate and chant in Prayag. Therefore, it is said that taking a Ganges bath in Prayag on this day fulfills all desires and attains salvation. According to the statements written in the scriptures, if there is Pushya Nakshatra on the day of Magha Purnima, then the importance of this date increases further.

Magh Purnima 2021

Magha Purnima starts – 26 February, Friday evening from 03:49 minutes.

Magh Purnima ends – 27 February, Saturday afternoon till 01:46 minutes.

 

  • On the day of Magha Purnima, one should bath in any holy river, reservoir before sunrise in the morning.
  • After bathing, chanting Surya Mantra should be offered to the Sun God.
  • After bathing, one should worship Lord Madhusudan by taking a vow.
  • During the mid-day, poor people and Brahmins should be given food and give alms.
  • Sesame seeds and black sesame seeds should be given exclusively to charity.
  • Havan with black sesame seeds and Pitras with black sesame should be offered in the month of Magha.
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