Snooping row: Suspended cop moves SC
Suspended Gujarat IAS officer Pradeep Sharma on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the tapes showing Narendra Modi's government ordering surveillance on a woman.
"Sharma alleged that the surveillance was carried out at the behest of Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi because he feared that the woman knew him. The father of the girl has meanwhile asked for a stop to probes," reported CNN-IBN.
Reacting to the Gujarat snooping and surveillance controversy, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday said Chief Minister Narendra Modi should be put under scanner along with his close aide Amit Shah.
"Snoopgate of Gujarat why is no one talking about the violation of Telegraph Act and the IT Act? It is Modi where the buck stops not at Amit," tweeted Singh.
"Even Amit Shah has confessed it was done at 'Saheb's instructions. Modi has kept Home with him since 2002! Would Media pl take note of it?" he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Congress war of words over the Gujarat snooping and surveillance controversy continued on Wednesday even as the father of the woman who was under surveillance of the state government in 2009 had written to the National Commission for Women (NCW) requesting that the matter should rest here and not be politicized.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said after the very self-explanatory letter to the NCW by the father, Congress should stop.
"You cannot take the public discourse to that row and you can't invade the privacy by raking up this issue unnecessarily," said Javadekar.
"We warn that enough is enough. There are many skeletons in your cupboards," he said.
The Congress retaliated saying the state should have acted even if the father of the girl had not wanted it.
Congress leader and minister Kapil Sibal said: "What was asked for was security and what was done was snooping and surveillance."
He said it is against law. He said there is an eloquent silence on the misdemeanor.
The NCW on Wednesday said it will send a notice to Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government in connection to the snooping row.
"The Gujarat government must send a written reply if there was a violation of privacy," NCW member Nirmala Samant was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.
"The NCW has refused to entertain the letter written by the father of the girl who was spied upon," reported the news channel.
There was a new twist in the case of surveillance on the young woman in 2009 by the Gujarat government after the father of the girl said the move was at their request and his daughter was aware that her movements were being monitored for her safety.
The father of the girl in a letter to the NCW said there is no need to probe the matter further.
His letter came out on a day a senior bureaucrat in Gujarat alleged that the Modi government persecuted him because he knew about the "snooping".
The girl's father also said that he knew Modi over two decades as against the claim of the bureaucrat Pradeep Sharma that he introduced him to Modi.
(Posted on 23-11-2013)