The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection to former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), but the senior leader will remain in custody as the apex court did not intervene in the CBI case.
The court adjourned hearing on the pleas against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ED filed by Chidambaram, seeking interim protection against his arrest, to Monday.
The matters were listed before Justices R. Bhanumati and A.S. Bopanna. The CBI had registered the case under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal code and ED has registered the case under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the CBI and ED, submitted at the very outset that the plea for anticipatory bail on the CBI matter became infructuous since Chidambaram had already been arrested.