Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 : Congress leader VD Satheesan demanded a CBI probe into the Sprinklr data controversy in which Kerala’s Pinarayi government allowed to sell Covid19 suspects details to a US-based PR Company.
It is also found that PR-marketing firm has links with pharma major Pfizer. Pfizer is engaged in research to find a vaccine for coronavirus, besides other anti-viral drugs. Senior Congress legislator V.D. Satheeshan said, "Everything is now crystal clear with the news surfacing about the relations of Pfizer with Sprinklr."
"Vijayan blames us when we ask real questions on the shady deal with Sprinklr. A CBI probe is the need of the hour," former state Congress chief M.M. Hassan said.
"While the digital agreement was reached with Sprinklr in April, the data transfer started in March, " he said and added, it was only after Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala raised the issue that a non-disclosure agreement was signed.
"Everything has been done in a secret way and without following relevant rules while entering into the agreement with foreign firms.," said Satheeshan.
Meanwhile, breaking the silence over the issue on Monday, the Communist Party of India (CPI), the second biggest ally in the Vijayan cabinet, in its News Daily, Janayugam, said data safety and privacy must be maintained with care.