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ED arrests PC in Tihar; to grill him on fresh evidence

ED arrests PC in Tihar; to grill him on fresh evidence

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail on Wednesday in connection with its probe in the INX Media money laundering case as it now prepares to put him through long grilling sessions, officials said.

The investigating team followed procedure after a court here on Tuesday had allowed the agency to interrogate the senior Congress leader, lodged in the jail in the CBI case, and arrest him, if necessary, in this case, they said.

A three-member team of investigators of the central agency who arrived at the prison at 8:15 am remained in the premises for about two hours during which they briefly questioned 74-year-old Chidambaram after which he was placed under arrest.

The arrest has been made under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and his statement was also recorded under this same provision, they said.

The ED subsequently sought 14-day custodial interrogation of the former Union minister from a court here.

The Congress MP has been grilled by the ED, in this case, many times in the past but it had never arrested him as he enjoyed a court-issued order of directing the agency not to take a coercive step like arrest against him.See P6

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