Congress President Sonia Gandhi Meets Chidambaram in Tihar Jail

P. Chidambaram. Photo: Congress
P. Chidambaram. Photo: Congress

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh today (September 23) met party colleague P. Chidambaram in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Chidambaram is in prison since September 5 in connection with a corruption investigation.

Despite facing serious corruption allegations, Chidambaram has not been removed from Congress which is perceived to be among the most corrupt political outfits in India.

“I am honoured that Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the Congress party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave,” the jailed leader said in a tweet presumably posted by his family because tweeting from jail may not be allowed.

Chidambaram was jailed because he was not cooperating with the investigating agencies in the INX Media case in which his son, Karti Chidambaram, has allegedly received kickbacks in exchange for illegally allowing the TV media company to receive foreign funds amounting to Rs. 305 crore in 2007.

Meanwhile, the court has extended Chidambaram’s custody until October 3.

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