The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to Congress leader P Chidambaram in connection with the Enforcement Directorates charges filed in the INX Media case, Live Law reported. The former Union minister had moved the top court after the Delhi High Court had rejected his bail plea on November 15.
The top court observed that Chidambaram had participated in the investigation, and ordered him to continue to do so and not to talk to the press about the case while on bail. He was also prohibited from travelling overseas and tampering with evidence or contacting witnesses, Bar and Bench reported.
The bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh with two sureties of like amounts.
The 74-year-old politician had been in custody since August 21 first with the Central Bureau of Investigation and then with the Enforcement Directorate since October 17. He has been in Delhis Tihar jail since September 5. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the CBI case on October 22 but had remained in prison due to the simultaneous inquiry by the ED.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court had denied Chidambaram bail on the grounds that the allegations were serious in nature and that he seemed to have played an active role in the alleged crime. However, the...