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Snoopgate probe: Congress backs out under ally pressure?

Posted on May 05 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, May 5 : The ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has apparently decided not to immediately order a probe into the snooping case in Gujarat linking Narendra Modi, according to media reports on Monday.

Media reports said the next government would rather probe Snoopgate involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi after the key allies of Congress like the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and National Conference (NC) said the time of Centre's decision to appoint a judge to head an inquiry commission to probe into Gujarat's 'snoopgate' scandal was not correct.

The scandal is around alleged illegal surveillance on a young woman architect from Bangalore in Gujarat by the Modi regime though BJP said it was done taking her parents into confidence and for the woman's security.

"The NCP feels it is not the right time for snoopgate appointment," NCP leader Praful Patel told media. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also opposed the move.

"Was talking to my dad last night and he felt the same way - setting up a commission of inquiry in the dying hours of UPA 2 is just wrong," Abdullah tweeted.

"If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in Dec it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge 5 months later is wrong.That having been said friends of the NDA/BJP shouldn't read more in to this than necessary. NC has no intention of abandoning the UPA.The UPA is strong enough to allow for different points of view and opinions. We don't have to agree with each other on every issue," he said.

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday said it will not intervene into the Centre's decision to appoint a judge to head an inquiry commission, by May 16, to probe into 'snoopgate' issue.

The Congress-led UPA on Friday said it will appoint a judge to head an enquiry commission, set up to probe alleged snooping charges against Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government, by May 16.

Investigative news portal Gulail had released 39 audio tapes on the alleged snooping row involving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's key aide and then state home minister Amit Shah.

Investigative news portals claimed claimed they have proofs to suggest that Gujarat intelligence and anti-terrorist squad officers stalked and snooped on this woman even beyond the boundaries of the state. Her would-be husband, parents, brothers and friends were under surveillance too, they claimed.

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