NEW DELHI, Sept 2 - Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, arrested in connection with the INX Media corruption case, was sent to one more day of CBI custody on Monday by a Delhi court.
The court said it was passing the order keeping in view the observations made earlier in the day by the Supreme Court which asked the trial court to extend Chidamabaram�s CBI custody by a day.
Chidambaram, after expiry of his three-day CBI custody granted on August 30, was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar who said the Congress leader�s interim bail plea would also be heard after 3:30 pm on Tuesday.
However, hours after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta�s intervention, a bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna modified the order and advanced the hearing for Tuesday from Thursday (September 5) on Chidambaram�s plea challenging the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him and remand orders passed by trial court.
In the trial court, the CBI opposed any relief to Chidambaram and sought extension of his custodial interrogation by a day.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal moved the interim bail application of the former minister and senior Congress leader, who was arrested on the night of August 21.
Mehta sought time to reply to Chidambaram�s interim bail plea and said that notice be issued to the CBI as it is required statutorily.
�All citizens have to be treated equally,� Mehta said, adding that personal liberty of every citizen is equal.
After the Judge was informed about Monday�s Supreme Court hearing, he asked if there was any direction by the apex court to seek the relief and to decide on it today itself.
During the hearing, Mehta asked what was so special and extraordinary in this case.
Responding to his submission, senior advocate A M Singhvi, also appearing for Chidambaram, said the Solicitor General would not have been here if it would have been a normal case.
Mehta said it would be a serious travesty of justice if the CBI is not given time to reply to the bail plea and demanded 10 days time.
Sibal said he wanted to argue for bail.
While submissions were being made by both the sides, the Judge said, �I do not know what order has been passed by the Supreme Court.�
Singhvi said that according to them, the apex court has asked to decide the interim bail plea today itself or extend the police custody till September 5.
The special court on August 30 had extended Chidambaram�s CBI custody till today.
Chidambaram, 73, has been already subjected to custodial interrogation by the CBI for 11 days since his arrest on August 21, after the Delhi High Court on August 20 dismissed his anticipatory bail plea.
His son Karti was also present in the court. � PTI