Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the UPA government will appoint a judge for conducting inquiry into Gujarat snoopgate before the counting of votes in Lok Sabha polls. (JPN)
“We will appoint a judge for conducting inquiry into Gujarat snoopgate before counting of votes in Lok Sabha polls,” he said.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal also echoed similar sentiments earlier in the day and said the UPA government will appoint a judge before May 16, the day when results for the Lok Sabha elections would be out, to head a probe in the infamous snoopgate scandal.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy termed as ‘foolish’ Shinde’s move to appoint a judge to probe snoopgate and alleged that it was being done at the behest of top Congress leadership.
“....No enquiry can be ordered by any judicial authority when there is no complainant. Who is the complainant here? It can't be Sushil Kumar Shinde. It has to be the girl or father of the girl," he said, claiming that no court will take up the matter as no such move has been made by any affected party.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley earlier on Thursday said it would come as a surprise if any judge agrees to head the commission probing the snoopgate scandal. He branded it as a desperate’ exercise as the new government will be in place in a fortnight.
"I will be very curious to know the name of the judge who has agreed to 'lend' himself to the UPA. I will be surprised if there is one. I hope, for the cause of judicial dignity, no one agrees to be a part of this desperate exercise," he said in an article on Thursday.
Jaitley also claimed that so far all judges approached by the UPA have refused to lend themselves for this ‘political and malafide exercise’.
The snoopgate scandal involves the illegal surveillance of a young woman architect in Gujarat on the orders of Modi. A sting was conducted to expose this scandal by a national television channel.
A judicial commission is already probing the matter.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the UPA government will appoint a judge for conducting inquiry into Gujarat snoopgate before the counting of votes in Lok Sabha polls.