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Cong’s discomfiture over delay in naming snoopgate probe judge


New Delhi: Delay in naming a judge for the inquiry into the snoopgate issue allegedly involving Narendra Modi by the Centre has left Congress facing embarrassing questions.

Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza was today subjected to a host of queries on the matter during her maiden briefing after being appointed as one of the party spokespersons.

“Do you find the Government serious in appointing a judge as it is almost a month that it has announced the inquiry? Do you see the Home Minister responsible for the delay? Any explanation of the Home Minister is called for?”–were among the questions asked to the spokesperson.

She was also asked why after raising a “hue and cry” over the issue, the government “is not acting now”.

Oza downplayed the delay while voicing hope that the government will announce the name of the judge soon. She also suggested that it was not the party’s aim that the inquiry report should come before the Lok Sabha polls which are three months away.

On December 26 last year, government had announced appointment of a commission of inquiry into the “snooping” on a woman in Gujarat allegedly at the behest of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Modi.

Government so far has failed to name the retired judge of the Supreme Court who will head the judicial commission to go into the charges.

Reports quoting official sources had it last week that a few judges have been approached by the government to take up the assignment, but all of them are said to have turned down the offer describing the case as “highly political”.

The reports said as the Lok Sabha election is approaching and Modi is BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, government so far has not find any judge who is willing to head the judicial commission of inquiry to go into the charges.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has denied that no judge is willing to head the inquiry but admitted “some problems” in announcing the name of the retired judge.