Chidambaram leaves Tihar, leads directly to the house of Sonia

NEW DELHI: Released on bail from judicial custody at Tihar Jail after 106 days, former Minister P Chidambaram drove directly to the residence of Janpat, 10 of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, before returning home on Wednesday by the night.

Dressed in his white long-sleeved shirt and dhoti, the former finance minister came out smiling after his brief meeting with the president of Congress. I am happy that the Supreme Court has approved a bail order and I am happy to have left and I am breathing the air of freedom after 106 days, he said.

Just after leaving Tihar, he said that despite 106 days of pre-trial imprisonment, the agencies had not filed a single charge against me. Chidambaram also said he would address a press conference at Congress headquarters Thursday afternoon. Early in the day, his son Karti said Chidambaram would attend parliament on Thursday.

The former FM arrived at his Jor Bagh residence around 9.20 pm, where his wife Nalini had arrived from Chennai earlier that day. Awaiting his return, Chidambaram staff told TOI that they were happy to know about his release and said that the congressional leader would be served a traditional preparation of chicken and rice from South India for dinner.

However, melee combat outside the media seemed to have bothered some neighbors. An architect who lives next door said he was dissatisfied with the neighborhood disturbed by the events of recent months.

A large number of congressional workers arrived at Tihar prison to welcome Chidambaram as a hero and some also arrived at his home. Among those who waited to greet Chidambaram were Deputy Tiruvallur K Jayakumar and Congress spokesman Shama Mohammed. A Chidambaram supporter, who called himself Guitar Uncle Sushil Ahuja, strummed a guitar and sang Nyay do and said he was singing against BJP's revenge policy and the imprisonment of Chidambaram.

Congressional officials, who took turns visiting Chidambaram while he was in jail, accused the government of plotting a big conspiracy against the former FM and said the walls were scaled to arrest him as if it were the house of Osama bin Laden's relative And no of a former minister of the Union. The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that the government had plotted a great conspiracy against the former minister since he had been his acute critic.