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Updated: November 15, 2012 12:15 IST

Chidambaram seeks release of person held for photographing him

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Mr. Chidambaram said he was surprised and disappointed to learn that a person who reportedly attempted to take some pictures of him was detained by police at the Chennai airport on Tuesday.
Photo: Ramesh Sharma
The Hindu Mr. Chidambaram said he was surprised and disappointed to learn that a person who reportedly attempted to take some pictures of him was detained by police at the Chennai airport on Tuesday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Finance Minister P.Chidambaram on Thursday, expressed surprise over the arrest of a person who reportedly attempted to take some pictures of him near the Chennai airport on Tuesday and sought his immediate release.

In a statement issued here today, Mr. Chidambaram said he was surprised and disappointed to learn that a person who reportedly attempted to take some pictures of him was detained by police at the Chennai airport on Tuesday.

“I did not know about the incident until the media reported it yesterday evening. Immediately, I told PTI that I had no knowledge of the incident and nobody had told me about it then or subsequently,” he said.

“I do not know why the police has detained the person concerned. I have asked my office to get in touch with the Tamil Nadu police and request them to release the person immediately,” Mr.Chidambaram said in the statement.

A 34-year-old man has been taken into custody for questioning after he was seen taking pictures of Finance Minister P.Chidambaram at the Chennai airport.

Airport sources said Amir was seen taking pictures of the Minister using his camera. He had confirmed first-class tickets to Delhi and from there to Dubai.

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Is there no concept of public space in this state? No one has any reasonable
expectation of privacy when in public space and this is a well established
international privacy standard. It looks like it is not possible to teach esoteric
concepts like 'free speech' and 'fundamental rights' to the semi literate cops in our
state

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 07:44 IST

Overzealous and sycophantic police in India. No wonder the country is going to the dogs. What crime did the man commit?

from:  Ram Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 15, 2012 at 20:23 IST

It is rather surprising that Home Minister should intervene in the law and order matter of a state Government especially after the police had clarified the circumstances leading to his arrest This is simmply a case of vote bank politics

from:  raam
Posted on: Nov 15, 2012 at 17:07 IST
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