INX Media case: HC asks Chidambaram, son to respond to ED's plea against order to provide documents to them
The high court also said the trial court order shall not be implemented till the next date of hearing.
The trial court's order was passed on two applications by Chidambaram and his son Karti seeking inspection of unrelied upon documents by the ED.
A Delhi court granted bail to former media baron Peter Mukerjea in the INX Media money laundering case linked to P Chidambaram and his son Karti.
The CBI had sought to set aside a special judge's March 5 order that directed the agency to allow inspection of documents kept in the 'malkhana'.
The court reserved its order on CBI's petition and allowed the agency as well as the accused to file their written submissions.
The high court had on May 18 stayed trial proceedings in the case involving Chidambaram and his son Karti.
The CBI has challenged a trial court's order directing the agency to allow inspection of documents kept in the 'malkhana' (room where case properties are kept) by the accused and their counsel.
A bench headed by Justice R Banumathi set aside the Delhi High Court's September 30 verdict denying him bail in the corruption case.
CBI had registered a case regarding irregularities in granting FIPB clearances to INX Media in 2007 when P Chidambaram was finance minister.
The Congress leader, who was also the home minister during UPA 2, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days in a corruption case related to the INX Media group.
The span will cover Chidambaram's 74th birthday - on September 16 - which he will have to spend locked up.
The apex court, while denying anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, said it must be left to the discretion of the investigating agency to decide the course of the probe.
Both lawyers agreed and told the bench that they will not press for interim bail before the trial court till the apex court passes the order.
When it comes to the question of liberty, the courts do not go into technicality, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said.
The CBI today moved the Supreme Court challenging a Delhi High Court order granting bail to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in the INX Media case.