The Enforcement Directorate has issued a lookout circular for former union minister P Chidambaram, who has not been seen since the High Court denied him protection from arrest on Tuesday, after which the CBI visited his home in Delhi twice. A lookout notice means Chidambaram will not be allowed to leave the country.
The development came as a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana on Wednesday refused to grant interim relief from arrest to the former Finance Minister and referred the matter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for urgent hearing on his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case.
Chidambaram’s lawyer said the lookout notice stems from political vendetta as the former Minister “is not a flight risk”.
Already teams of the Central Burea of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate have been making rounds of his Jor Bagh residence here ever since the Delhi High Court denied him anticipatory bail on Tuesday