Chidambaram gets interim protection

Granting former Union Minister P. Chidambaram interim protection from arrest, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any coercive steps against him till August 1 in the INX Media money laundering case.

Justice A.K. Pathak, however, directed Mr. Chidambaram to cooperate with the ED’s investigation as and when required and not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission.

The court also sought the ED’s response on the senior Congress leader’s anticipatory bail plea which was opposed by the agency on the point of maintainability. Appearing for the ED, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended Mr. Chidambaram was indulging in “forum shopping” by approaching different courts and that should not be allowed.

A trial court on Tuesday granted him protection from arrest till August 7 in the Aircel-Maxis case.

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