Gujarat snooping: HC rejects Pradeep Sharma's plea against Modi
The Gujarat High Court today rejected suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma's plea seeking direction to lodge an FIR against Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in a case of alleged snooping of a woman by the state police.
Justice G R Udhvani observed that there were alternative remedies available and asked Mr Sharma to approach the magisterial court.
The High Court said the petition was not maintainable under Article 226, which contains the provision for filing a petition before the Gujarat High Court.
The suspended IAS officer had earlier approached the police in state capital Gandhinagar but the police had refused to file an FIR against the Chief Minister.
Mr Sharma had also approached Gujarat DGP P C Thakur and Gandhinagar SP Sharad Singhal to intervene and ask the police to file the FIR.
He then approached the High Court and urged that the police cannot refuse to file an FIR as per a Supreme Court order.
Mr Sharma had filed a petition on March 20 before the High Court seeking a direction to the police to file an FIR against Mr Modi and others in connection with the alleged snooping.
Mr Sharma is facing criminal cases of corruption in Gujarat but the suspended IAS officer claimed that he was being victimised by the Modi government.
According to an expose by news portals 'Kobrapost' and 'Guleil'last year the Gujarat Police 'misused' their powers to keep under surveillance an unmarried young woman from Bangalore.
In their expose, the news portals had claimed that the entire surveillance operation was carried out in 2009 on oral orders, without any valid legal authorisation, and was meant only to serve the interests of someone whom the then minister of state for home Amit Shah called as 'saheb'.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)