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Truth finally prevails, says Cong as SC grants bail to Chidambaram

Truth finally prevails, says Cong as SC grants bail to Chidambaram

New Delhi: After Supreme Court granted bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX-Media money laundering case on Wednesday, the Congress stated that the truth has finally prevailed.

Several party leaders welcomed the order granting bail to the former minister, who has been in custody for 105 days, with Chidambaram's lawyer and Congress colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi describing the ruling as "excellent light after a rather long tunnel".

"Truth finally prevails #SatyamevaJayate," tweeted the party from its official handle. Hailing the top court verdict, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that Chidambaram's 106-day incarceration was vengeful and vindictive.

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was more circumspect and said that "justice delayed is justice denied". The bail should have been granted much earlier, he said.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi, granted bail to the 74-year-old former Union finance minister, who has been in custody since August 21 when he was arrested by the CBI in the INX-Media corruption case. The Enforcement Directorate had arrested him on October 16 in the money laundering case. Singhvi termed the order "balanced", "nuanced" and "comprehensive" and a great order in favour of human rights and balanced jurisprudence. "Phew. At last after 106 days," tweeted Karti Chidambaram on the release of his father.

Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot echoed the party to say truth had prevailed.

The top court said that Chidambaram can't leave the country without prior permission of the court and should neither try to influence the witnesses nor tamper with evidence.

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