Former Union minister P Chidambaram will have to remain in Delhi’s Tihar jail till October 17, a special court said today. But he may be allowed food from home, on request he made earlier, citing health reasons.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which arrested the 73-year-old in the INX Media case in August, said they have no objection to food being sent from home.

If the request is accepted by the court, Mr Chidambaram will be allowed to get home-cooked vegetarian meals twice a day.

Mr Chidambaram’s legal team has also asked for medical check ups twice a day , which the CBI has supported.

The extension of Mr Chidambaram’s jail custody was extended after his bail plea was turned down by the Delhi High Court on Monday. The court said the former minister might influence witnesses if released.

Mr Chidamabaram has been in Delhi’s Tihar jail since September 5, after the Central Bureau of Investigation finished questioning him in the case.

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