Former Union Minister, P Chidambaram, who was arrested yesterday by CBI amidst high voltage drama from his South Delhi residence, was produced before the special CBI court in Rouse Avenue Complex in New Delhi today.
Chidambaram was surprised seeing the size of the courtroom. In conversation with CBI officers, Chidambaram expressed surprise that the courtrooms in the new complex were very small.
The Rouse Avenue Complex was inaugurated in April this year. This premises houses courts to try all corruption cases. The notification issued by the Delhi High Court notification said all courts of special judge, the CBI, anti-corruption branch and labour courts in Delhi shall function from the Rouse Avenue Court Complex.
Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday night after over 24 hours of hide-and-seek in connection with INX Media case. The case pertains to a 2007 decision allowing foreign investment in the INX Media, then owned by media entrepreneurs Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea, by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) of the finance ministry, then under Chidambaram.
The case came to light in 2008. Chidambaram’s role came under the sharp focus of the CBI only after Indrani Mukerjea turned approver in the case and pointed fingers at the former finance minister. Both Peter and Indrani Mukerjea are in jail in connection with the murder of Sheena Bora – the daughter of Indrani from an earlier marriage.