It’s time to merry folks! While fitness freaks spend a huge sum of money to lose weight, former Finance minister and senior Congress leader Chidambaram benefited greatly from his jail term. The ‘happy’ news was brought into the notice of Supreme Court by his advocate Kapil Sibal while seeking bail from the top court.
“He has lost weight from 73.5 kg to 68.5 kg,” the senior advocate told the court. Sibal said with the onset of winter, the 74-year-old Congress leader might face more health complications.
He said the arguments of the CBI were based on a false and baseless apprehension that Chidambaram could influence witnesses or tamper with evidence.
Sibal said the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) contention was that there was an approver’s statement against Chidambaram, but in law, it was considered to be the weakest form of evidence.
Chidambaram was arrested in the corruption case by the CBI on August 21. He is currently lodged in Tihar Jail here.
The central agency had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007, during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister.
Thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) lodged a money-laundering case in this regard in 2017.