Reacting to reports that the Congress-led UPA government may soon name a judge to probe the ‘snoopgate’ scandal, the BJP appeared sceptical that any judge would “lend” him/herself to what it alleged was a “political and malafide” exercise.

“The Commission of Inquiry is already on in Gujarat. Both the lady in question and her family have already sent their statements to the National Women’s Commission. So far all judges approached by the UPA have refused to lend themselves in this political and malafide exercise,” Mr. Jaitely said. Pointing out that polling in 438 Lok Sabha constituencies was over and a new government would be sworn in a fortnight, he said: “I will be very curious to know the name of the judge who has agreed to ‘lend’ himself to the UPA. I will be surprised if there is one. I hope, for the cause of judicial dignity, no one agrees to be a part of this desperate exercise.”

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