PIL for probe into Cong deal with Communist Party of China

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/25/2020 12:26:38 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 24: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court for a probe into the agreement signed by the Congress with the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing in 2007 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Unlawful Activities (Preventon) Act or by the Central Bureau investigation (CBI) under supervision of the Apex Court, for allegedly compromising India's security.
The petitioners are advocate S K Jha(26) of Delhi and Goan journalist Ignatius Rosario Rodrigues(44) from Margao, the founder & Editor-in-chief of online news portal GoaChronicle. They have made the Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi and former president Rahul Gandhi who were holding the position of the president and general secretary of the party at the time of signing the agreement. They have also made the Centre respondent No 4.
They said they decided to move the Apex Court after getting no response from Rahul to the demand made by Rodrigues in his GoaChronicle on 18.06.2020 to make public the 2007 agreement as also during panel discussions on June 19 and 22 on the Republic TV. They as such accuse the Congress of snatching the Right to Information (RTI) guaranteed to every Indian even when it concerned the national interest.
They have filed the writ petition under Article 32 to protect right to life and personal liberty under Article 21, seeking to bring transparency and clarity regarding the agreement, signed by the Congress when it was in power at the Centre with the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is de-facto government of China.
The agreement or the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties for "opportunity to consult each other on important bilateral, regional and international developments. It was signed in the presence of Sonia Gandhi by Rahul as the party's then general secretary with China president Xi Jinping, who was then China's Vice-president, after long discussion on issues of mutual interest, the PIL said. It said Sonia had again in 2008 visited Beijing to attend the opening of the Olympic Games, with son Rahul, daughter Priyanka, son-in-law Robert Vadra and their two children.
The PIL pointed out reports of nearly 600 intrusions into India by China between 2008 and 2013 when the Congress-led UPA was in power and that the Congress and the CPC signing the MoU were also ruling parties of the two countries.
The issues made out in the writ petition include whether the national security could be sabotaged by an agreement with the enemy state and can a political party deny the RTI despite it concerned to the matter of national interest.
The grounds taken by the two petitioners are that despite having a hostile relation with China, the Congress signed the agreement when it was leading the coalition government and it had hidden the facts and details of the agreement with the country, and the respondents not making the MoU public as demanded by journalist Rodrigues shows their malafide intention.



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