Chidambaram sent to Tihar jail till September 19

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New Delhi, Sept 05 : Former Union Minister P Chidambaram has been sent to Tihar jail by Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar till September 19.

The former minister’s efforts to stay out of jail crashed today. The judge even turned down his offer to surrender before the Enforcement Directorate.

The CBI had argued that Chidambaram being an influential person, foreign banks can still be convinced not to release investigation to the investigators.

Chidambaram’s legal team had countered, saying since the case was based on documentary evidence, there was no question of tampering or influencing it.

However, before leaving for Tihar jail this evening, he had a parting shot for the government. “I’m only worried about the economy,” he said in a reprise of his dig at the government earlier this week with the “5 per cent” remark.