Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday visited former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in Tihar jail, party leaders said.
Chidambaram is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with granting of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media while he was the Finance Minister.
P. Chidambaram is in Tihar Jail as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing a money laundering case, pertaining to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the media group for receiving overseas funds in 2007 when he was the Union Finance Minister.
His father Ajay Chautala, who walked out of Tihar prison in Delhi for two weeks on a furlough, said he feels proud that "Today, I am known in the public as Dushyant's father".
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and scores of Dalit men lodged in the Tihar Jail on Sunday sat on a hunger strike protesting against the jail authorities who allegedly denied them permission to observe Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.
Finally, some "ghar ka khana" for Chidambaram is on its way. Now that Former Finance Minister has got approval of a Delhi court, Chidambaram will now be able to relish home-cooked food in Tihar jail once daily. The Congress leader has been permitted on grounds of his medical condition.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has lost 4 kgs in Tihar jail. And, his stay is set to be prolonged as his judicial custody has further been till October 17. This also means that the senior Congress leader will have to spend festivals in Tihar jail.
In a show of solidarity with jailed former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar, senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, K.C. Venugopal and D.K. Suresh met him on Thursday.
The new legal clinic was jointly inaugurated by Justice Khanna, and Delhi Chief Justice Patel, he said. Justices G.S. Sistani and S. Murlidhar of the Delhi High Court were also present on the occasion.
Congress has maintained that Chidambaram's arrest is a witch hunt by the central government. P Chidambaram was sent to Tihar jail by the Rouse Avenue Court.
"Gufran was lodged inside the jail number 1 of Tihar prison. On Tuesday at 11.15 am, he hanged himself with a piece of cloth to commit suicide.
The Congress leader was admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the court directed the ED to take him for a check-up.
The former Union Minister, born in 1945 in Kanadukathan in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, is in judicial custody till September 19 in the INX Media corruption case that the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing.
The first Home Minister of India to end up in the Tihar Jail, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, who has been sent to 14 days judicial custody in the INX Media case, spent his first night in his cell on the floor - with only three to four blankets to his comfort.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday accused the BJP government at the Centre of implementing the "Gujarat Model of Governance" where innocents are framed in "false" cases. Singh said former finance minister and party colleague P Chidambaram, arrested in the INX Media corruption case and lodged in Tihar jail, has been falsely implicated.
Jail no.7, ward no.2 and cell no. 15 of Tihar Jail is where Chidambaram is lodged till September 19. The Congress leader is being treated like any other under-trial at the Tihar, with no special privileges except those allowed by the court.
Former Union minister P Chidambaram is the latest inmate of the Tihar jail, known to be the largest in Asia with 16 prisons. Currently, it houses 17,400 inmates, including around 14,000 undertrials, officials said.
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram was on Thursday lodged in the capital's Tihar Jail where he will not find it easy to adjust to the stifling barracks which will be a far cry from his days in North Block.
Former finance minister and senior Congress leader, P Chidambaram was today sent to Tihar Jail where he will be under judicial custody until September 19 in the INX Media Case. Chidambaram will be spending 14 days in Delhi's Tihar Jail. Chidambaram has Z-category security protection.
In a bizarre recovery, a mobile phone has been found from the stomach of a prisoner lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail.