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INX Media case: Uncaged parrot is not supposed to become vulture, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi

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INX Media case: Uncaged parrot is not supposed to become vulture, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Referring to Supreme Court's 2013 remark likening the CBI to a 'caged parrot', former finance minister P Chidambaram's lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said an uncaged parrot should not turn into a vulture and prey on innocent people.

His comments came after a CBI court gave the CBI five-day custody of P Chidambaram, who was arrested by the investigative agency on Wednesday night in the INX Media case.

While talking to India Today TV, Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that the CBI created chaos during the former minister's arrest on Wednesday night for theatrics.

"Uncaged parrot is not supposed to become vulture and prey on innocent people," Singhvi said as he claimed that the agency was being used for 'political vendetta'.

In 2013, Supreme Court, in one of its harshest remarks on India's elite investigating agency, had said that the CBI was like a caged parrot with many masters. The apex court was commenting on the government's alleged interference in the Coalgate scam probe.

Six years later, the same pet has turned on its masters.

Singhvi said that even as P Chidambaram was not legally bound to court arrest in the INX media case, he would have happily obliged if they had just knocked on the door.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi told India Today TV that the CBI jumped over Chidambaram's wall to create a media image that he was evading arrest or hiding from the law.

"When we (Chidambaram and Singhvi) reached his residence, we had to wait outside for 10 minutes as the CBI had taken away the keys from the security guard. We entered through an alternative door. But while we waited, the CBI did not approach us for the arrest. They came later," Singhvi said.

"What was the need to jump over the fence, they could have called in and they would have been let in," Singhvi said.

"How can a person abscond when he is travelling from Congress headquarters to his house accompanied by two senior lawyers? This is a shameful joke."

The CBI had arrested P Chidambaram in connection with INX Media case on Wednesday night from his residence. The former UPA minister had managed to evade the agency until almost 24 hours after the Delhi high court quashed his anticipatory bail in the case.