India’s former Finance Minister arrested


Former Indian Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram has been arrested at his home in Delhi over alleged corruption.

He is being investigated over allegations that he cleared foreign investments in exchange for bribes while he was finance minister in 2007.

Mr Chidambaram, a senior member of the main opposition Congress party and an MP since 1984, who also served as home minister, has denied any wrongdoing.
However, he is due to appear in court on Thursday.

The arrest
Officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scaled the walls of his Delhi home on Wednesday evening to make the arrest.

Chaotic scenes unfolded as supporters and media surrounded his car while being driven away.

The Delhi High Court had rejected an application for bail on Tuesday and hours before his arrest Mr Chidambaram’s legal team had approached the Supreme Court.

His lawyer told the court that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government was carrying out a “politically motivated vendetta” against Mr Chidambaram and his son, Karti, who is also implicated in the case.

Senior Congress leaders too have accused the BJP of “misusing power.”

The BJP has not responded to the allegations, but its spokesperson told reporters that the Congress party should be ashamed that Mr Chidambaram had turned into an “absconder.”

On Wednesday the CBI had said they could not find Mr Chindambaram. But he then appeared at a press conference to reject accusations that he had been “hiding from the law”, saying he had instead been consulting with his lawyers.


Christopher Ojilere