New Delhi, July 8 : Reacting to CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat's demand made earlier in the day that the IAEA agreement should be made public, the Congress said that the "Safeguard Agreement" entered into between the Government of India and the IAEA Secretariat was a privilege document and so it could not be placed before the public.
General Secretary In-charge of AICC Media Cell, Veerappa Moily told media persons that as per an agreement reached out between the two sides on November 16 2007, the contents of the IAEA Agreement could not be disclosed to any third party.
"The Government is following exactly what it had promised in the agreement on November 16, 2007," he said.
Earlier, while announcing the withdrawal of support to the Congress-led UPA Government, Karat asked the government why it was not sharing the text of the IAEA Agreement with them, or placing it before the countrymen.
"The Government has refused to provide the text of the draft safeguards agreement without which the UPA-Left committee will not be able to finalise its findings," Karat said and added "why the Government is not placing the IAEA agreement text before the country".