Congress chief Karti Chidambaram has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, alleging that his privileges and rights as a parliamentarian have been breached by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) once they confiscated work paperwork throughout a raid final week.
“I’ve change into the sufferer of a grossly unlawful and patently unconstitutional motion. The Central Bureau of Investigation, within the garb of conducting an investigation into an 11-year-old choice of the Authorities of India through which I’ve completely no involvement, raided my residence in Delhi,” he wrote within the letter to Om Birla.
“In the middle of this so-called raid, sure officers of the CBI seized my extremely confidential and delicate private notes and papers pertaining to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Data and Know-how, of which I’m a Member,” Mr Chidambaram mentioned.
I’ve written to the Honourable @loksabhaspeaker@ombirlakota bringing to his consideration the gross breach of Parliamentary Privilege by the #CBI@LokSabhaSectt@ShashiTharoor@MahuaMoitra@jawharsircar@JohnBrittas@.@the_hindu@PTI_News@IndiaToday@IndianExpress@INCIndia
“Shockingly, even my draft notes and questions which I had supposed to ask witnesses summoned to the Committee, have been additionally seized. Moreover. My handwritten notes pertaining to the depositions made to the Committee by Witnesses have been additionally seized – for causes finest identified to the Company,” he wrote.
“These actions by the CBI, in as far as they relate to interference with my duties as a Parliamentarian, quantity to a direct assault upon the democratic rules on which our Parliament is based. I, due to this fact, urge you to take rapid cognizance of this situation, which is a brazen breach of my Parliamentary privilege,” the Congress chief added.
Mr Chidambaram mentioned he and his household have been “targets of a relentless marketing campaign by the current Authorities and its Investigating Companies, who’re making an attempt to silence our voices of dissent by foisting one pretend case after one other” over the course of the previous few years.
“Such focused intimidation of a Member of the Home quantities to a breach of privilege,” he mentioned.
The Congress MP was summoned for the second day by the CBI on Friday after beingover accusations of partaking in . “It is their privilege to name me, and it is my obligation to go,” he instructed the media on his approach.
The son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been accused of taking Rs 50 lakh as a bribe alongside together with his shut aide S Bhaskararaman by a high govt of an organization which was organising an influence plant in Punjab.
The CBI in its First Data Report, or FIR, mentioned the work for organising the facility undertaking was being executed by a Chinese language firm and was operating delayed. To re-issue visas for 263 Chinese language employees on the undertaking, the Rs 50 lakh bribe was allegedly paid, in line with the CBI FIR.
Karti Chidambaram has denied all of the allegations. “If this isn’t harassment, not a witch hunt, then what’s?” the Congress MP mentioned in an announcement yesterday.