New Delhi, March 16: Angry Congress raised Rahul Gandhi snooping issue in the Parliament and cornered the government on Monday demanding explanation from Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Congress condemned the Delhi police for visiting party vice president Rahul Gandhi's office and making queries about his appearance, and details, calling it a case of political espionage.
Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad took up the issue in the Rajya Sabha asking, "is snooping is being carried out to scare the political parties?" Condemning the incident, he said that India is not a police state like Pakistan where anyone can be put inside by the army general.
Replying to snooping issue in the Upper House, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the government has nothing to do with this issue. This was the part of security check.
Giving an instance of later Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Jaitely said, "When a former PM was assassinated, his identification was done with his shoe size. It has relevance in security. In 1999, the performa was changed; it is not about NDA and UPA".
Even Congress President Sonia Gandhi had to go through the procedure in 2004 when the UPA was in power, he said.
The security of VVIPs is reviewed time and again. The procedure is required for the security profiling. The profiling of Ramesh Bidhuri was also done on the same Day when Delhi police had visited Rahul Gandhi's office, he said.
Expressing surprise over the police queries, Congress leader Anand Sharma asked how police felt necessary to find out names of Rahul's parents whom the entire world knows.
In Lok Sabha, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu replied to the House over the snooping row saying, it was a routine work carried out by Delhi police. The procedure has started in 1957. This was not meant for targeting any political party or leader.
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