"Decision to appoint judge for commission on snoopgate passed"
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said the Union Cabinet decided to appoint a judge to conduct probe into Gujarat 'snoopgate'.
"The Cabinet has passed the decision to appoint a judge on the snooping commission. Soon, the appointment will be made," Shinde told media.
Shinde said the appointment of a judge during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls would not lead to violation of the of the Model Code of Conduct as the decision was taken earlier.
Attacking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, without taking his name, over the 'snoopgate', Shinde said: "I am really scare that the way a Chief Minister had snooped into the life of a woman then what will happen to the women of the country if he becomes the Prime Minister."
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Friday said the next government at the Centre would be well within its 'legitimate rights' to review such a 'malafide last-minute decision' of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in connection with the 'snoopgate' row.
"As the polling for Election 2014 enters the last phases the Congress Party and its leaders leave the voters more and more confused. The desperation with the idea that there is likelihood of a BJP-NDA Government at the Centre headed by Narender Modi has resulted in courtesies and rationality slipping out of the Congress's campaign. Almost certain that it cannot return to power, the UPA has made three unsuccessful efforts in recent days," Jaitley said in an article posted on BJP website.
"Firstly they tried to appoint two new Information Commissioners; secondly they tried to fill up the quorum of the Search Committee for appointment of the Lok Pal, and thirdly they are trying desperately to get at least one Judge to agree to head the 'Snoopgate' commission. I doubt very much if any of these moves is likely to succeed. Even if it did, a future Government would be well within its legitimate rights to review such a malafide last-minute decision of the UPA," he said.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)