Govt’s motive is to humiliate and demonize him: Family of P Chidambaram

New Delhi | Former Union minister P Chidambaram’s family issued a statement on Tuesday, and accused the government of humiliating and ‘demonizing’ him.

Former Union Minister Chidambaram was arrested in connection with the INX Media case on August 21 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his residence in New Delhi’s Jor Bagh.

“We challenge govt to produce a shred of evidence in support of one undisclosed bank account/property or shell company anywhere in the world. We are absolutely confident that ultimately truth will prevail,” the family said in a statement posted on social media.

“We are distressed to note that the media has been reporting completely wild, unverified and unsubstantiated allegations against Sh. P. Chidambaram in the last few days. While we understand that the motive of the government to demonize and humiliate Sh. P. Chidambaram, we are deeply saddened that the media is unable to uphold liberty against calumny. One of the fundamental principles of liberty Every person is presumed innocent unless proved to be guilty in a court of law,” said the family’s statement.

Chidambaram has been charged with aiding son Karti Chidambaram in receiving illegal foreign funds. He is accused of misusing his then position of Union Finance Minister to clear approvals for son.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court extended till Wednesday the protection from arrest by Enforcement Directorate for P.Chidambaram. A bench of Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said it would hear ED’s arguments Chidambaram’s two petitions, including the challenge to remand orders.

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