Neither Sonia Gandhi nor Rahul Gandhi ever filled such forms: Abhishek Singhvi

Singhvi rejected FM Arun Jaitley’s explanation that the police have been collecting such information.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 11:47 am
Rahul Gandhi, BJP, Congress With just two days left to meet February 28 deadline set by Rahul, state headquarters has received only about 1.63 lakh filled membership forms so far.

Hitting back at the government for its claim that Sonia Gandhi too has been profiled in the past in a manner similar to Rahul’s profiling, the Congress on Monday denied that ether Sonia or Rahul Gandhi had ever filled up any such forms.

“Neither Smt Sonia Gandhi nor Shri Rahul Gandhi or their private secretaries ever filled up such a form… This is misinformation being spread,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, adding the issue was not the form but the “manner” in which information was sought.

“The issue is not the form. Do not trivialise the issue by confining it to a form… It is serious because of the manner in which questions were asked… If they wanted to know the whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi, they should have sought an appointment. Their conduct leaves many unanswered questions,” he said, adding neither was a government letter sent to Rahul’s office asking for form to be filled, nor was an appointment sought.

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The Congress spokesperson said the government’s constant refrain that the Congress was opposed to the form was “irrelevant, diversionary” and through this, it was “deliberately creating a red herring”.

Singhvi described how the “profiling” exercise took place. “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 Rahul’s staff,” Singhvi said. “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 and asked questions about the aides of Rahul Gandhi…This has never been done for an SPG protectee.”

Singhvi rejected Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s explanation that the police have been collecting such information, including about shoes, because former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s body had been identified from his shoes.

“Will you ask such questions of everybody because Rajiv Gandhi’s body was identified from 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.

Terming it as a serious issue which was also a “theatre of the absurd”, Singhvi said this displayed a “police state mentality”. In an apparent reference to Gujarat, the Congress leader said first this mentality existed in “a particular state” and now it was “overall”. “Big brother is watching even if you are an NDA ally or even a BJP member. Big brother is definitely watching you all the more if you are in opposition,” he said.

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  1. D
    Mar 17, 2015 at 2:20 am
    Proves Congress alone is paving its path towards complete extinction! Modi and people had only wished Congress mukt Bharat ! VINASH KALE VIPAREET BUDDHI.
    1. V
      Mar 17, 2015 at 8:31 am
      It seems Congress themselves dont know what they are protesting for as each leader gives a different reason for protest. Just because Rahul has become irrelevant these chamchaas are trying hard to keep him in news. If Sonia didnt fill the form then UPA is answerable how these forms were getting filled? Seems like another corrupt practice under UPA rule
      1. A
        Mar 17, 2015 at 10:04 am
        People of this country are more worried and interested about where is Rahul hi? Govt must send fax to all our embies and get information on Rahul hi who is missing from Lok Sabha : budget session where his presence is bad required.One should not forget that if Congress Comes to power(?) he would PM of India.
        1. Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee
          Mar 17, 2015 at 11:32 am
          One may not agree with the Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sain Bi that, no malafide motive behind inquiry about Rahul hi's whereabouts, also in his support the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely pointed out that 526 MPs had filled up such a pro forma during UPA rule. The lists of those who have been profiled in such a manner include the Congress president Sonia hi and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh and others, which has been in vogue since 1957. And the Rahul case, the police have continued to do it exactly in the same way. Though the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad said in his 35 year career, including as a top security protectee, he had not seen such a proforma for security profiling. Then what is the procedure? Is it not for all MPs or Central Ministers? Whatsoever,is it fair that in the absence (like Rahul hi) of the concern MP police collecting details such as colour of hair, eyes, shoe size, cloths— and even his father’s name etc. from the concern MP’s office or relative? Who will be signed the doent in the concerned person’s absence? Though opposition and many people’s believe that what was tried out in Gujarat appears to have been replicated in New Delhi, and does not seem to be a case of a routine process. Whereas Arun Jaitely accused the Opposition of "making a mountain of what is not even a mole-hill''. But the peoples are not only unable to digest his word but also shocked that when the country have modernised, work culture have changed, then why work culture of our police have not changed, and followed 58 years proforma? How on earth are these Delhi police with their archaic practices going to conduct audit? In the Rahul case why the Police not hand over this proforma to his SPG, or wait for few days instead enquires from his office? This way how will they protect anyone? Was the Delhi police’s activity was fishy? Hope to solve this problem permanently Government should collect all the require data immediately after the concern person’s oath taking in the Parliament from where the other government offices as and when require collect the concerned persons from there. Yes it will be successful if the government have no intention to violate the act of snooping personal liberties and invades the privacy of individuals.
          1. Dev Kumar
            Mar 17, 2015 at 10:15 am
            @ "“Neither Smt Sonia hi nor Shri Rahul hi or their private secretaries ever filled up such a form…" - From now on, they will...PERIOD.
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