A Supreme Court Bench of Justices R. Banumathi and A.S. Bopanna will on August 27 hear a fresh plea filed by former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram against his arrest warrant and remand orders issued by the trial court in the INX Media case.
On August 23, the Bench passed an order to list the plea for August 26, but the petition did not find its way into the list. An oral mentioning was made by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, for Mr. Chidambaram, before Justice Banumathi’s Bench about the absence of the petition in Monday’s list of cases.
Justice Banumathi said that an order from the Chief Justice of India on the administrative side was required to get the case listed and asked the Registry to do the needful on listing the case. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the CBI and the ED, said Mr. Sibal could argue the plea against the arrest and remand along with the two separate petitions filed challenging the Delhi High Court’s refusal of anticipatory bail to Mr. Chidambaram on August 20.
However, the petition against the arrest warrant and remand order has been listed for August 27.
In his plea, Mr. Chidambaram said the trial court had passed the order of his arrest without application of mind and without considering that the Supreme Court was already seized of the matter.
“It is submitted that the conduct of the respondent [CBI] is not only deplorable but, in fact, the action of the respondent clearly shows that the whole action was planned to overreach the authority and majesty of this court, in which the special judge was misled and made to pass the impugned orders,” he said.
“The detention/arrest of the petitioner and the subsequent remand of the petitioner to custody of respondent agency are a direct sequitur of the judgment dated August 20, 2019…rejecting the petitioner’s application for anticipatory bail and making certain observations on the merits of the case itself,” the plea said.
Mr. Chidambaram said his liberty was “illegally curtailed”.
“It is the case of the petitioner that the detention/arrest of the petitioner in pursuance of a non-bailable warrant issued on August 21, 2019 and his subsequent remand by the order dated August 22, 2019 are totally without jurisdiction and authority of law,” the plea said.
INX Media: Supreme Court to hear Chidambaram’s fresh plea on Aug. 27 – The Hindu