Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh meet P Chidambaram in Tihar jail


New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday visited Tihar Jail in New Delhi to meet former Finance Minister P Chidambaram who is under judicial custody.

Congress has maintained that Chidambaram’s arrest is a witch hunt by the Central Government. P Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail by the Rouse Avenue Court.

Last week, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel had met the former Finance Minister. The opposition party has stepped up its show of support for the veteran politician who has been accused of corruption in the INX Media case.

Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 21 in INX media case. Chidambaram’s son, Karti also visited him in the jail on Monday. A bail application has been filed by Chidambaram’s lawyers before the Delhi High Court.

The CBI, however, has opposed bail to the former Finance Minister on the grounds that it will be “against the zero-tolerance policy on corruption”.

The matter will be heard today. Chidambaram is being investigated by both the CBI and the ED in money laundering case related to INX media.

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