Amidst dramatic scenes, senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was arrested in the INX Media case on Wednesday night from his residence, minutes after his press conference at the party headquarters where he said he was "not hiding from the law but seeking the protection of the law".
After the press conference, as soon as Chidambaram returned to his house, officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate were present at his house, only to find the gate locked. CBI officers then jumped over the boundary wall while another team of agency officials entered the house from the back door.
Delhi Police personnel blocked access to Chidambaram's house, even as media persons tried to get a better view of the happenings inside. Later, a CBI team arrived in a car to take the senior Congress leader into custody.
Once inside, the CBI team completed the formalities of Chidambaram's arrest in the presence of his team of lawyers and later taken to the CBI headquarters.
The CBI is investigating the Congress leader in the INX Media case, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as Finance Minister. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the money laundering case which it lodged in 2018.