The Supreme Court Friday said it will look into the plea for a CBI probe into the alleged snooping controversy involving the Gujarat government only after verifying that suspended 1984 batch IAS officer Pradeep Sharma has complied with its order to delete “scurrilous” allegations against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Sharma, a staunch critic of the Modi government, has urged the court to urgently hear his plea on the contentious audio tapes aired by news portals Cobrapost and Gulail featuring alleged illegal surveillance of a woman. Sharma is facing several cases lodged by the Gujarat government, including one for attempting to flee the country on a fake passport.
The Bench also refused Sharma’s plea to allow him to travel to the US to meet his wife and son, who are American citizens, saying his application for CBI probe can only be considered after examining that he has complied with its May 12, 2011 order.
Since the amended petition was not available during the hearing, a Bench comprising Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and M B Lokur said, “Let us see whether you have first complied with our order or not. We want to go through the amended petition.”
Sharma’s counsel Prashant Bhushan contended that the gist of the allegation against Modi was necessary to show the alleged malafide by the Gujarat government which has foisted false cases against the suspended officer and his brother Kuldeep Sharma, a senior IPS officer who refused to lodge cases against dancer Mallika Sarabhai.