NEW DELHI: High drama unfolded in New Delhi late on Wednesday as officers from India’s equivalent of the FBI scaled the walls of a former finance minister’s home to arrest him on corruption charges.

Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alerted airports to prevent Palaniappan Chidambaram, finance minister from 2004-2008 and again from 2012-2014, from leaving the country.

Chidambaram, 73, earlier this week failed to secure bail and had not been seen since Tuesday, until he showed up at the headquarters of the Congress party on Wednesday to proclaim his innocence.

At a news conference, he called his accusers “pathological liars”.

Driving then to his home in the upscale Jor Bagh neighbourhood, he was tailed by around 30 CBI officers, who knocked at the doors before scaling the boundary walls.

Once three officers were inside, they opened the gates to allow team members to enter, while others rushed to the back door to secure all exit points.

Published in Dawn, August 22nd, 2019