New Delhi : The unauthorised obtaining of Call Data Records (CDR) of the then Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley in 2013 is not a breach of privilege, the Privileges Committee of Rajya Sabha has held.

However, the Committee, whose report was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, felt it is an issue of breach of right to privacy which can be dealt under the laws of the land.

The Committee also did not believe that the previous UPA government had any hand in accessing the CDR of Jaitley, now the Finance Minister.

 It said it was of the opinion that the act of accessing CDRs in an unauthorised manned, though sinister and punishable in the eyes of the law, “does not seem to cause any hindrance of obstruction in the functioning of a Member of Parliament so as to attract breach of his Parliamentary privileges. “However, there is definitely a breach of right to privacy in such matters and for that remedies are available under the laws of land,” said the report of 10-member Committee headed by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

The report mentioned that Jaitley’s CDR had been accessed three times on previous occasions on the pretext of investigations in the death of Chadda brothers, busting of fake Indian currency racket and in a murder case of South Delhi.

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