Former Union Minister P. Chidamabram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a swift operation on Wednesday night, minutes after he reached his Jor Bagh home following a dramatic appearance at the press conference at the Congress headquarters.
Chidambaram was seated in the middle of a white car with CBI personnel sitting on either side as he was driven straight to the agency’s headquarters, located barely a few kilometres away from his house.
Sources said CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla himself was present at the headquarters along with top officers for the questioning of former minister. After completing the formalities, Chidambaram was arrested and will be produced in court on Thursday.
The moment Chidambaram arrived at his home from the press conference at the Congress headquarter on Akbar Road, the CBI personnel scaled walls and entered the premises.
A small group of slogan-shouting Congress workers were contained by Delhi Police personnel from posing any obstructions. The entire operation was swiftly executed within half an hour of his arrival in Jor Bagh.
Sources said that the team of lawyers were present with Chidambaram at the time when he was taken into custody.
A team of CBI personnel had been keeping a surveillance outside Chidambaram’s house ever since the Delhi High Court denied his anticipatory bail on Tuesday. The CBI team could not find him home but they swarmed the area keeping a vigil on the visitors.
Earlier a CBI team scaled the wall of his house to enter into the premises and brought Chidambaram out after some time who was taken away in a CBI vehicle.
Delhi Police personnel blocked the access to former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s house even as another team of CBI officials made their way into the building in the posh Jor Bagh area here through the back door.
After the first batch of CBI personnel scaled the wall to enter the premises, another team arrived in a car and drove straight in to take the senior Congress leader in custody.
The otherwise quit neighbourhood saw slogan shouting and a minor scuffle between a small group of Chidamabaram supporters who roughed up a person who allegedly made some unsavoury remarks against the former minister.
Sources said the CBI team were completing the formalities of Chidambaram’s arrest in the presence of his lawyers.
Karti Chidambaram, the son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, on Wednesday thanked the Congress party for its support to his father and said the “drama and spectacle” being enacted by the probe agencies was for the “voyeuristic pleasure of some”.
“The drama and spectacle being enacted by the agencies is to simply sensationalise and satisfy the voyeuristic pleasure of some,” he tweeted as CBI and ED officials scaled the boundary wall of the Jor Bagh residence of his father to arrest him.
“I am thankful to the @INCIndia Shri @RahulGandhi, @priyankagandhi, for their support. And ever grateful to @KapilSibal, @DrAMSinghvi, @salman7khurshid, for being there with us throughout.”
“I have been raided 4 times. Appeared for over 20 summons. Each session for a minimum of 10 to 12 hours. Been a ‘guest’ of the CBI:) for 12 days. There is still no chargesheet for alleged events which apparently took place in 2008 and a FIR in 2017. There is no case.”