Karti Chidambaram says Cbi seized highly confidential notes, calls raid breach of parliamentary privilege

On Friday, Congress MP Karti Chidamabaram wrote to Lok Chairman Om Birla alleging that during a raid, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers seized ‘highly confidential’ personal notes and documents regarding the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology of which he is a member. a member. He also sought redress for what he called a “breach of his parliamentary privilege”.

In a letter to Birla, Karti Chidambaram also said that over the past few years he and his family have become the targets of a “relentless campaign by the current government and its investigative agencies trying to silence our dissenting voices as they pass on one bogus case after another”.

Earlier this month, CBI teams had carried out coordinated search operations at 10 sites in several cities across the country, including the Chidambarams’ residences in Chennai and Delhi.

“I am writing to you now because I have become the victim of a grossly illegal and manifestly unconstitutional action,” Karti Chidambaram said in her letter to Birla.

“The Central Bureau of Investigation, under the guise of investigating an 11-year-old government decision in which I have absolutely no involvement, raided my residence in Delhi,” he said. .

During this so-called raid, some CBI officers seized my “highly confidential and sensitive personal notes and documents” relating to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, Karti Chidambaram alleged.

“Amazingly, even my draft notes and the questions I intended to ask the witnesses summoned to the Committee were also seized,” he alleged. He claimed that his handwritten notes relating to testimony given to the Committee by witnesses had also been seized for reasons better known to the Agency.

Karti Chidambaram alleged that these actions by the CBI, insofar as they relate to “interference in my duties as a parliamentarian, constitute a direct attack on the democratic principles on which our Parliament is founded”.

“I therefore urge you to immediately take cognizance of this matter, which is a brazen breach of my parliamentary privilege,” he said in the letter.

(Edited by : Akriti Anand)


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