INX Media corruption case: CBI opposes P Chidambaram’s bail plea in HC

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New Delhi: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram after being produced at Rouse Avenue Court in connection with INX media case, in New Delhi, Monday, Sept 2, 2019. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled if Chidambaram's request for interim bail is not considered by the trial court on Monday itself, his CBI custody would be extended by three more days. (PTI Photo)

File Photo: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram. (PTI Photo)

The CBI on Friday opposed in the Delhi High Court the bail plea of Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case, saying the magnitude of financial embezzlement and misuse of high public office disentitles him for any relief.

The probe agency, in its reply to the bail plea moved by the former finance minister, has said that granting the relief to Chidambaram will set a wrong precedent in corruption matters as it was allegedly a clear case of betrayal of public trust.

The 73-year-old Congress leader, who is lodged in Tihar Jail in the INX Media corruption case, has claimed in his petition that the criminal proceedings against him were “mala fide” and borne out of “political vendetta”.

(PTI)