CBI takes custody of Chidambaram

Chidambaram taken into custody, moved to CBI HQ

New Delhi: Former Union Minister P. Chidamabram was taken into custody 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 his either side as he was driven straight to the headquarters of the probe agency, 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.

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.

CBI team enters Chidambaram’s house, police blocks access
 
New Delhi: 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.