BJP MP questions Congress' role in snoopgate row, wants CBI probe

New Delhi: A BJP MP has alleged that the UPA government tried to "influence" judiciary in the 'snoopgate' probe which allegedly involved BJP chief Amit Shah, days before the 2014 poll results were declared, and sought a CBI inquiry.

File image of Amit Shah. CNN News 18

File image of Amit Shah. CNN News 18

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha MP Nishikant Dubey has said the then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had asked the Delhi High Court Chief Justice to name a sitting High Court judge as early as possible to head the probe, just 13 days before the results were to be announced.

He alleged that a "deep rooted conspiracy" of the Congress top brass was behind Shinde's push for it as the UPA Cabinet had taken a decision to appoint a commission of inquiry to look into incidents of surveillance in several states in December 2013. Shinde wrote the letter to the then Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini on 3 May, 2014, he said.

"This was a deep rooted conspiracy of the then Congress High Command, President Sonia Gandhi then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the rest of the Cabinet to create a destabilising situation...," adding a commission of inquiry was sought to be set up "just 13 days before the result of General Election of 2014 and that too for a decision of the Cabinet taken months earlier."

Dubey was referring to investigation in allegations against Gujarat government for allegedly 'snooping' on a woman at a time when Modi was the state Chief Minister. Shah was then a minister in the state government. The BJP had dismissed the allegations.

"I would request you to order a led inquiry into various aspects of this entire matter and the role of the Congress leadership," Dubey wrote to the Prime Minister.

To substantiate his claim, Dubey has also submitted a copy of the purported letter written by Shinde to Justice Rohini. However, the last minute move of the Congress party did not succeed as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court did not consider the matter, Dubey said.

The probe never started as the government could not find anyone to conduct the inquiry. "This move reveals anti-democratic behaviour of the
Congress party and its attempt to subvert democracy by creating an environment of fear and misuse/influence the judiciary for the same," the BJP MP said.

There was no immediate response from the Congress to the charges.

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2017 16:54:04 IST

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