Cong Ups Ante in Rahul Gandhi's Snooping Case

New Delhi
Cong Ups Ante in Rahul Gandhi's Snooping Case

Congress today upped the ante on the issue of snooping on party vice President Rahul Gandhi saying "Big brother is watching" and rejected the government's reply in Parliament as "completely redundant".

The party alleged that the government was "trivialising" the issue and leaders of BJP were making misleading statements.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi also rubbished suggestions that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had in the past filled up a proforma like the one that was taken to Rahul Gandhi's office saying "neither Sonia nor Rahul or their private secretaries have filled up any such form on their behalf."

When asked whether Congress could bring any privilege notice if it feels that the government had 'misled' Parliament on the issue, and mull legal options, Singhvi said, "as far as other remedies are concerned, we will consider it. We are not ruling out anything."

Singhvi said Congress was raising a larger question which was not confined for form filling or one individual.

"We have a police state mentality -- first in one state and now here also. Big brother is watching you, not only if you are a leader of Opposition. Big brother is watching you even if you are an NDA ally or even a BJP person. Big brother is definitely watching you all the more if you are in Opposition."

Rejecting government's reply in both Houses, he said, "we have heard replies of the government, which are completely redundant and prove the point that we were making."

"It's not a question of a form being filled up. Do not trivialise the issue by confining it to a form. Leaders of BJP were making misleading statements."

Detailing the sequence of events, Singhvi said,"first they sent one person ASI Shamsher Singh, who was found roaming around and asking questions.

He had not come out with a form to Rahul Gandhi's office. It was recovered from him only later by Gandhi's staffs. Then two beat constables from Tughlaq Road police station went there on March 12. Then two officers including Additional DCP Jatin Narwal came there on March 14 asked questions about the aides of Rahul Gandhi.

"This has never been done for SPG protectee. Two former police commissioners have called it idiotic. The issue is not a form. BJP has been repeatedly saying that our objection was on form to obfuscate," he said. 

Alleging that the entire episode leaves a host of unanswered questions, Singhvi said it is "theatre of absurd" showing "utter clumsiness".

"This is not the manner to roam around and ask questions. What they were trying to know the whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi," the Congress spokesperson said alluding to phone tapping and snooping controversies in recent past.

He rejected Union Minister Arun Jaitley's defence of the police proforma asking questions including about the shoes because late Rajiv Gandhi's body was also identified with his shoes.

"Will you ask such questions from every body because Rajiv Gandhi's body was identified with his shoe. This is a process to turn into ridiculous from divine. If such a form exists, there is a radical need to do away with it," Singhvi said.

As the Rahul "snooping" issue rocked Parliament, the government dismissed the Opposition contention saying they were making a "mountain out of what is not even a molehill" leading Congress to walk out of Rajya Sabha.

The government maintained in both the Houses that Delhi Police personnel had recently visited Rahul's residence to collect information on him as part of a transparent security profiling that was used to profile 526 other VIPs, including former Prime Ministers and Sonia Gandhi since UPA rule.

Rejecting the arguments, Singhvi said these kind of norms were perfected in Gujarat and the BJP and vehemently rejected contentions that political espionage was also done during UPA rule.

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