Shashi Tharoor demands Chidambaram’s release

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor signed an online petition demanding the release of former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s release from Tihar Jail. The petition started by Vijay Ramdoss three days ago says ‘Stop Vendetta Politics- Protect the Right to liberty of Mr P Chidambaram’. The petition received more than 4,000 signatures in three days.

The petition stated that it had been a month since Former Union Finance and Home Minister P.Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in the INX Media case for which no charge sheet has been filed yet.

Taking to Twitter, Shashi Tharoor tweeted on Tuesday stating that he signed the online petition for the release of P Chidambaram and he also asked others to sign it as well demanding the same.

While sharing the link of the online petition he tweeted, “I signed this petition calling for the release of @PChidambaram_IN & encourage all to do so”.

The petition further reads, “The alleged crime dates back to the year 2007 in granting FDI proposals to a company called INX Media. The FIR was registered in the year 2017 after 10 years. Till date, the CBI has not been able to provide a single piece of concrete evidence against P.Chidambaram.

The INX proposal was first examined by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) that includes several senior officials and was headed by the then finance secretary, was signed by 11 other officials without any dissent note and was cleared along with several other proposals of foreign investment. So far none of the officials have been arrested in this case and none of the officers have said anything against Chidambaram”.

In his online petition, the petitioner Vijay Ramdoss also alleged that P Chidambaram is not being treated well in the prison. He alleged that he was even denied a chair and pillow. “It’s really sad that he is being denied his fundamental right to liberty. P Chidambaram is a legendary expert and a visionary leader. Stalwarts like him should be nurtured and utilised at this time of great distress to the economy and not be subject to vicious harassment”, the petitioner alleged.

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