West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today joined DMK chief MK Stalin in extending her support to P Chidambaram and criticising the way the former Union minister was arrested last night.
Mamata Banerjee and MK Stalin both questioned the manner in which the 73-year-old Congress leader was arrested by officers of the CBI in a money laundering case related to INX Media. The senior Congress leader was taken to CBI headquarters after the agency’s officials scaled the boundary walls of his residence in New Delhi’s Jor Bagh area on Wednesday night to arrest him.
“Sometimes the process is incorrect. I am not talking about the legality. Chidambaram is a senior politician and former finance and home minister of this country. The way his matter has been handled is very depressing. That is very sad and bad too,” said Mamata Banerjee. “We are missing democracy in our country,” she added.
“I too saw how CBI jumped the wall and arrested him. It’s a matter of shame for India. It is a political vendetta. Chidambaram had asked for anticipatory bail but he was arrested, it’s condemnable,” MK Stalin said in Chennai, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
Earlier, the DMK chief had similarly accused the BJP-led central government of pursuing a political vendetta. “As regards this issue, I have clearly learnt that these (actions) are happening due to political vendetta,” Stalin, whose party has an alliance with Congress in Tamil Nadu, had said while speaking to reporters at the DMK headquarters ‘Anna Arivalayam’.