New Delhi :  After the UPA government decided to shelve its search for a judge to conduct the judicial inquiry into snoopgate, the victim’s father has approached the Supreme Court to halt any further probe into the matter. The apex court is expected to rule on his plea next week.

The victim, a young lady architect, was the target of phone call interception and stalking by the Gujarat police in 2009. Her father has argued that now she is married and the probe would be an invasion into her privacy and hence it should be called off.

Her father has argued that now she is married and the probe would be an invasion into her privacy, hence it should be called off

The term snoopgate has become a short hand for the activities of the Gujarat government at the behest of sahib – an expression used for Chief Minister

Narendra Modi by his trusted aide Amit Shah in these acts of phone-tapping and surveillance.

After the UPA government decided to shelve the appointment of the judge for the judicial commission, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal defended its action. He said: “Our allies said it seems like political vendetta. That”s fine. We don”t want to give an impression that our government is into political vendetta.”

But authoritative sources within the Congress party maintained that the issue of a judicial inquiry into these charges is beyond political vendetta.” There is a cabinet decision for instituting a judicial inquiry. This was approved by all the allies. The facts of the phone-tapping and surveillance have come out in the CBI’s investigations. The allegations did not originate from the Congress party, and the Supreme Court too had given its findings, or else why did the Gujarat government set up its own probe. Is that also an act of political vendetta?” said a senior MP.

While there is an admission that there has been a delay in naming the judge for the inquiry commission, and this does give the impression of some kind of politicking at this juncture, the opinion within the Congress is that this issue cannot die down simply because the judge has not been appointed. “Any future government would have to follow-up with the cabinet decisions, as the government is a continuum, and any contrary decision would have its own ramifications,” the leader added.

Anil Sharma

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