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India's former finance minister and Congress party leader P. Chidambaram (center) talks with other leaders Kapil Sibal (right) and Abhishek Manu Singhvi during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Aug. 21. High drama unfolded in Delhi late on Aug. 21 as officers from India's equivalent of the FBI scaled the walls of a former finance minister Chidambaram's home to arrest him on corruption charges. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Federal investigators have arrested a key opposition Indian National Congress party leader at his home.

Palaniappan Chidambaram was taken into custody on suspicion of conspiring with a Mauritius-based firm to illegally obtain money for his son’s company while he was India’s finance minister in 2006.

Abhishek Dayal, a spokesman for the Central Bureau of Investigation, confirmed the arrest.

Investigators took Chidambaram from his New Delhi home on Aug. 21 night and drove him to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s office.

His son Karti Chidambaram has already been named as a defendant in the money-laundering case involving 3 billion rupees ($43 million).

Chidambaram denies the allegation and accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of pursuing a political vendetta.

He suffered a setback as a court Aug. 20 rejected his bail plea in the case.

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