Chidambaram Out On Bail After 105 Days In Custody

P Chidambaram (File Image) - Sakshi Post

NEW DELHI: After 105 days in custody, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday walked out of jail. The Supreme Court gave him bail in a money laundering case in the INX Media case. He has been warned against leaving the country and the apex court also said that he cannot speak to media and should neither try to influence witnesses nor tamper with evidence.

Setting aside the Delhi High Court November 15 verdict denying the former Union finance minister bail, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi, granted the relief to the 74-year-old Congress leader on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.

Chidambaram would have to join further investigations if asked by the probe agency, the bench said.

With his bail, political ripples were created with the Congress welcoming it as truth prevailing at last and the BJP deriding the party for "celebrating corruption".

"Truth finally prevails #SatyamevaJayate," the party tweeted from its official handle.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Chidambaram's incarceration was "vengeful and vindictive".

Chidambaram's lawyer and Congress colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi described the Supreme Court ruling as "excellent light after a rather long tunnel". He termed the order "balanced", "nuanced" and "comprehensive" and in favour of human rights and balanced jurisprudence.

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was more circumspect and said "justice delayed is justice denied". The bail should have been granted much earlier, he said.

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