Snooping row: Centre to start inquiry

New Delhi, Dec 2 : The Centre will reportedly start an inquiry into alleged illegal surveillance and phone tapping of a woman by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's key aide and then state home minister Amit Shah.

"As per the law one needs the permission of the Union Home Secretary to carry out any kind of surveilllance. When a probe is conducted, we will find out what happened," said Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh earlier said there is evidence that Amit Shah had ordered surveillance of a woman.

"Snoopgate- Done by Gujarat Police under instructions of Amit Shah Home Portfolio with CM. Clinching evidence in Singhal Tapes. Any comments?" tweeted Singh.

He also directed his comment to senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley who alleged there was an attempt to tap his phone records in a separate case.

"Would Arun Jaitley sensitive to encroachment on Privacy pl advise /comment and not hide under the pretext of investigation by the accused?" Singh asked.

"Snooping/phone tapping punishable by imprisonment under section 25, 24 of the Indian telegraph act read with section 66 and 72 of the IT Act," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The Gujarat government has formed a two-member inquiry panel to probe into the snooping allegations against Shah.

The probe panel consists of retired Gujarat High Court judge Sugnyaben K Bhatt and retired former Additional Chief Secretary KC Kapoor.

The panel has been asked to submit its report within three months.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-12-2013)

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