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Updated: December 26, 2013 23:39 IST

Centre to set up judicial panel to probe ‘snoopgate’

Smita Gupta
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Two news portals had claimed on November 15 that Amit Shah had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman in Gujarat.
The Hindu Two news portals had claimed on November 15 that Amit Shah had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman in Gujarat.

The commission is likely to be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge

The Centre decided on Thursday to set up a judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate charges of spying by the Gujarat government on a young woman in 2009, dismissing the BJP’s objections that this was an “act of political vindictiveness” against its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi: for it was allegedly on the Gujarat Chief Minister’s orders that a woman architect and members of her family were “stalked” in what has popularly come to be called ‘snoopgate’.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, responding to the BJP’s criticism, said there was “no vendetta, no revenge, no politics” in the Cabinet’s decision, even as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the decision could be challenged in the Supreme Court as it “violates the federal structure of the Constitution”.

But the Communist Party of India (Marxist), that had sought the probe, said that since surveillance took place in more than one State, a Central Commission of Enquiry was in order.

The Centre’s move comes a month after the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party, the Communist Party of India and the Lokjanshakti Party, and civil society organisations met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to press for an independent judicial probe, a request that was forwarded to the Home Ministry. It also comes against the backdrop of fresh claims by that the alleged snooping was conducted beyond the Gujarat.

“The Cabinet has approved a proposal to set up a Commission of Inquiry… to look into the incidents of physical/electronic surveillance in the States of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, allegedly without authorisation,” an official release said. A sitting or retired Supreme Court judge is likely to head the commission, and the report is expected to be submitted within three months, official sources said.

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don't know much about Namo. But one thing is clear that one after another continuous process of getting him until he is convicted is happening. If a court give a clean chit, then again a commission is appointed and if the commission gives a clean chit then one more petition that the commission is wrong is filed. So it looks the ultimate aim is to keep on trying until he is convicted anywhere. Looks like this has not happened for any one.

from:  raja
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 18:53 IST

How long Congress hide itself behind the veil by attacking others ?

from:  anil
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 18:15 IST

What a pathetic state for UPA government to snub someone misusing its power. They are making fool of themselves day by day, without doing anything good to the country and trying to poke political rivals. I sincerely wish to see the whole Congress washed out of Indian political history by 2014.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:50 IST

Looks like all the people commented find faults on congress. Why Modi fans always politicise each and every action of congress and blame it as congress vendetta. Modi should be ashamed of misusing state machinery and need the truth not the half baked comments from their cyber army.

from:  Bala.M
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:49 IST

This move of UPA is clearly Politics at its worst level. It goes against all canons of Federalism. All states, irrespective of Party in Government, must condemn this move. As its popularity levels are going down and down, UPA is attempting more and more politically unwise, unconstitutional measures against its political opponents.The Hon'ble Supreme Court also must be approached by all, to strike down this move immediately.

from:  V.Vijayamohan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:38 IST

All Modi bashing drama has been orchestrated by the government to hide
its failure at all levels. It is losing its vote share every passing
day. These highly educated rulers are fooling themselves by not reading
the writing on the wall.

from:  Sunil Kumar Prasad
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 17:10 IST

Congress advisors are working 24x7 to snub Modi on one or the other pretext but have failed time and again. Good luck to them again. If Congress has guts, they should fight Modi politically without using wicked tactics.

from:  Vijay Raina
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 16:52 IST

This is a purely political decision. Congress knows it is going to lose the 2014 elections heavily to Mr Modi & BJP. Hence trying these tactics to minimize the margin of loss. Congress tried the same below the belt techniques in Delhi with the AAP using the Sting operations to show that even the AAP is corrupt. Public is smart & they will not be fooled by this. I am now feeling more confident that a BJP Win is certain in 2014.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 16:14 IST

This is the case of clear cut political vendetta.In one side Congress is
rejecting the inquiry commission reports(Adarsh)unfavorably to them and
other side forming inquiry commission.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 16:13 IST

What will be the output from this commission of inquiry? Waste of tax
payers money. If nothing useful comes out the benefits people then we
the people of India should demand reimbursement of the amount spent
from the personal wealth of cabinet ministers. Government machinery
should not be used to settle political scores when the lady in
question has not complained to the central government. The home
minister Shinde was very silent before Tarun Tejpal was arrested.
Shinde's name figures in Aadarsh commission report, Rahul Gandhi
should take steps to stop this nonsense and waste of tax payers money.

from:  prasbad
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 16:10 IST

Congress wants to decimate BJP and Narendra Modi, through whatever means that
are at its disposal.

It should instead focus on Rahul Gandhi's promise of cleansing corruption, through
strong legislation.

from:  RKRAO
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:59 IST

So another desperate attempt by 'frustrated' Congress to check-in Mr
Modi & his victory march- after so-many failed attempts to book him in
various cases.
Few points here... First, this matter is a 'state' subject & state
govt has already ordered an inquiry; so, what's the basis for Central
govt to order an parallel inquiry (the same reasoning was 'an excuse'
for not ordering an inquiry into Robert Vadra's land-deal).
Secondly, Central should disclose who'd snoop "Nira Radia" (it's
matter also, why's CBI covering-up the entire tape-gate..? Let
there'be an independent judicial inquiry & truth come-out.
Thirdly, there're so many "grave & unfortunate" incidents- like
Muzzafarnagar riots, Adarsh building scam, Robert Vadra Land-deals,
Assam riots, which warrants serious cognizance from Central to set-up
inquiry commissions, rather than concentrating energies on this
Congress should not underestimate the collective intelligence of
common electorate.

from:  ASHWIN
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:49 IST

What a fishy trick by the Congres. The people in it are mean as they are
diverting the limelight of Aadarsh scam to this new barren piece. The
congress being in power is misusing its source and trying to weaken
its opponent before the confrontation itself.

from:  Akhil Bhushan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:41 IST

The kind of dissatisfaction that the people have for the Congress Government is making them turn a blind eye to all that wrong committed by people of BJP.
Sure the Congress Government has been below par but, we should not question its investigation in this incident which is clearly a misuse of power.

from:  Kamal
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:40 IST

Welcome and timely move, to protect personal liberty and right to privacy of citizens.

from:  Chanakya Yadav
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:32 IST

By the same logic, which the center has applied here, Sonia Madam is also accountable to International Courts for cases filed on shielding culprits of 1984 Sikh massacre.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:23 IST

The Congress party 's only job is to prevent Modi from becoming the Prime Minister. Now that Gujarat riots had boomeranged it is now starting a new game. Mr, Shinde has got other jobs than to do this

from:  ramu
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:19 IST

Is this a great issue to be given such an importance, when there is no
specific complaint from any of the affected persons? congress to cover
up Modi's attack on AAdarsh scam and other corruption and economic
issues,is indulging in all arm twisting tactics for which it is
notorious, to divert the real issue that confronts the nation ? Media
and Press may rejoice over this to prop up their revenue and end with
that but it can in no way help the sinking ship as people priorities are

from:  j narayanan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:12 IST

What a joke,probably the last move to nullify Namo effect

from:  Anoop P Vijayan
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013 at 15:09 IST
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