Chennai: Former Union finance minister P Chidamabram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday night (August 21) in Delhi and his son Karti Chidambram has termed the action against his father as “political witch-hunt”.

Chidambaram was arrested from his Jor Bagh residence in connection with the INX media money laundering case.

“This is a political witch-hunt. Outrageous media leaks are the preferred tactics of the @dir_ed. I have nothing to do with INX or the FIPB. All my assets and liabilities are duly declared in statutory and regulatory filings. I have repeated this ad nauseam, (sic)” Karti, who is an MP from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu, said in a tweet, minutes before his father was arrested by the CBI officials.

Outside his house in Chennai, Karti reiterated the comments he made earlier and described it as "a political witch-hunt".

"There is no case as they haven't filed a charge sheet. This is a kind of spectacle," said Karti as dramatic scenes were witnessed outside his father's residence in Delhi, where CBI officials jumped over the wall to gain entrance.

The move came after Chidambaram made a sudden appearance at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters after being untraceable for more than 24 hours.

Chidambaram had moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking protection from arrest in the INX media case, but failed to get reprieve after the court refused to take a decision “right away” and forwarded his petition to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The Delhi high court had earlier turned down his plea saying “facts of the case prima facie reveal that” he is the “kingpin that is the key conspirator in the case”, and he was evasive in replies to probe agencies when he was under protective cover given by the court.

In another tweet Karti alleged that he has been raided four times and has appeared for over 20 summons. He also said there has been no charge sheet.