New Delhi: “I have become the victim of a grossly illegal and patently unconstitutional action. The Central Bureau of Investigation, in the garb of investigating an 11-year-old decision of the Government of India in which I have absolutely no involvement, The CBI raided my residence in Delhi,” Karti Chidhambram wrote in a letter to Lok-Sabha speaker OM Birla.
“In the course of this so-called raid, certain officers of the CBI seized my highly confidential and sensitive personal notes and papers about the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information and Technology, of which I am a Member,” Mr. Chidambaram added
“Shockingly, even my draft notes and questions which I had intended to ask witnesses summoned to the Committee, were also seized. Furthermore. My handwritten notes about the depositions made to the Committee by Witnesses were also seized – for reasons best known to the Agency,” he said.
These actions by the CBI, in so far as they relate to interference with my duties as a Parliamentarian, amount to a direct assault upon the democratic principles on which our Parliament is founded. I, therefore, urge you to take immediate cognizance of this issue, which is a brazen breach of my Parliamentary privilege,” the Congress leader wrote.
Mr. Chidambaram said”I and my family have been “targets of a relentless campaign by the present Government and its Investigating Agencies, who are trying to silence our voices of dissent by foisting one fake case after another” over the past few years”.
“Such targeted intimidation of a Member of the House amounts to a breach of privilege,” he added.
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