P Chidambaram makes dramatic appearance at Congress headquarter; asks probe agencies to respect law

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, wanted in a money laundering case, made a dramatic appearance at a press conference in the Congress headquarters on Wednesday evening, and asked probe agencies to respect the law and wait till Friday when the Supreme Court hears his bail plea. Facing arrest after Supreme Court refused to hear his urgent plea for bail in the INX media case, Chidambaram put up a strong defence of himself and his family members, saying none of them has been accused of any offense by the probe agencies. I am aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law, he said rejecting allegations that he was evading investigating agencies. He said he was working with his lawyers through the last night, preparing his papers or his bail application. Until Friday and beyond, lets hope the lamp of liberty will shine bright and illuminate the whole country, he said, suggesting that the probe agencies should not arrest him until the apex court decides on his bail plea. I will respect law even if applied with an unequal hand by probe agencies, he said reading out from a written statement and flanked by several senior Congress leaders. He did not take any questions from journalists and left the venue after finishing his statement.