No relief for P Chidambaram till Friday

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No relief for P Chidambaram till Friday
No relief for P Chidambaram till Friday

New Delhi : Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, who is facing arrest for alleged involvement in INX Media case, will not get any relief till Friday as the Supreme Court rejected an urgent hearing on his request for anticipatory bail.

The Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation have issued lookout notice for P Chidambaram, who has been absconding since Delhi High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

"It is a monumental magnitude of money laundering case," the CBI told the top court, arguing against Mr Chidambaram's request for protection from arrest.

Senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told a three-judge bench Mr Chidambaram was ready to guarantee he would not run away but the hearing was not listed over what appeared to be a technicality. 

"Sorry, Mr Sibal. We cannot hear the matter," said Justices NV Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi. The judges had this morning forwarded his petition to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The case was not listed for today as the Chief Justice was sitting in the constitution bench hearing the Ayodhya case.

In his petition before the Supreme Court, Mr Chidambaram has argued that his antecedents are "impeccable" and there is no possibility of him "fleeing from justice". Requesting more time to appear before the CBI, Mr Chidambaram asks for interim relief "or else he would suffer irreparable loss".