The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended till September 28, the interim protection from arrest given to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in the INX Media money laundering case. Justice AK Pathak directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to not take any coercive steps against Chidambaram till the specified date, until the case comes up for hearing again.
On July 25, the court had granted interim protection to Chidambaram till August 1. The court had also directed him not to leave the country without its permission and to co-operate in the investigation.
The Court was hearing Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea in the case.
The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are probing how Karti Chidambaram managed to get clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) while his father was in office.
Karti was arrested on February 28 by the CBI for allegedly taking money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007, when his father was the Union Finance Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Bail was later granted to Karti in the case.
Karti's chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman was also arrested by the ED and was later granted bail.