"The Union Ministry has decided to set up an inquiry commission and a retired Supreme Court judge would be appointed soon to head the probe panel", Shinde told reporters on the sidelines of a function in the Union Territory of Diu on Monday.

Two investigative news portals, Cobrapost and Gulail, had claimed on November 15 that former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman at the behest of one ‘Saheb’, an apparent reference to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

They had released taped conversations between Shah and suspended IPS officer GL Singhal to support their claim but said that its authenticity could not be confirmed.

Meanwhile, reacting to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to provide electricity and water at cheaper rates, Shinde said, "The decision has been taken without considering its future impact. When I was chief minister of Maharashtra I too had offered free electricity to farmers of Maharashtra".

To a query on Kejriwal declining security, Shinde said the Home Ministry provides adequate security to those who need it.

"Kejriwal was offered the security cover by the Home ministry but he refused while Gujarat Chief Minister has been given elaborate security because he has been facing life threat from terrorist outfits. These are two extremes," Shinde said.

(Agencies)

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