Washington, D.C., USA. Home Minister P Chidambaram, who was on a four-day visit to USA to learn lessons in domestic security and international relations from US authorities, seemed to have accidentally submitted all the invoices, vouchers and bills of his visit in the office of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Chidambaram was supposed to submit those details to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in order to prove his austerity as a cabinet minister belonging to Congress.
“Home Minister was too busy meeting US officials and submitting documents to them to prove various stuffs like involvement of Pakistan in terror activities and steps taken by India to ensure safety of US citizens visiting India. Various other US departments too sought proofs and documents from him on issues like Nuclear Deal and rights of religious minorities in India. Mr. Chidambaram had gone into an almost autopilot mode of submitting documents and proofs, and in the same mode he happened to submit even the documents related to his low cost travel to US authorities.” an official who accompanied P Chidambaram on his US visit said.
Even though the documents were submitted inadvertently, the US authorities seem to have taken it quite seriously, as they have forwarded Chidambaram’s voucher and bills to the FBI for further investigations. This has caused a bizarre situation to arise as government of India has now realized that such steps by the USA amounts to interference in India’s domestic affairs and sovereignty. External Ministry of India has asked the US authorities to return Chidambaram’s invoices and stop the investigations, if possible.
“@hillaryclinton:It’s not cool, please return Chidambaram’s bills Hillary. God bless America.” read the latest tweet from Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State of External Affairs, who is also slated to submit bills of his stay in five-star suites to the Finance Ministry.
Sources inform Faking News that US authorities may drop the FBI investigations into the invoices and bills of P Chidambaram if the home ministry of India wrote a formal application, duly signed by the Home Minister and attested by the Prime Minister, and submitted it in person in the office of US President by Monday 10.00 AM EST. American ambassador to India has conveyed the same to the officials in home ministry, who have apparently warmed to the ‘suggestion’.