I never said won’t probe snoopgate, says Kapil Sibal

Outgoing Law Minister asks Solicitor General to ‘clarify position’ before SC.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Published:May 25, 2014 4:10 am
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Less than 48 hours before the new government takes charge, there is a twist to the snoopgate controversy.

On May 9, Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran told the Supreme Court that Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal had “already made a statement that there is no proposal to appoint a commission of enquiry” to probe the alleged snooping of a young woman by Gujarat Police on the directions of “saheb” (a reference to Narendra Modi).

The court was hearing a petition filed by the woman, an architect, and her father, challenging the decision of the Centre and the Gujarat government to order separate probes into the alleged snoopgate, saying they infringed on their right to privacy.

On Friday, Sibal sent a note to his ministry, questioning the basis on which the SG had attributed the statement to him, asserting he had never said so.

“He (Parasaran) told the court that I had said there was no proposal to appoint a commission of inquiry to probe snoopgate. I hadn’t instructed him to make such a statement before the court. When I asked him who had told him that I had made such a statement, he said the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) officers had told him. How could the MHA have told him to tell the court about a statement that I had never made? I have written so on the file and also asked the SG to clarify the factual position to the court,” Sibal told The Sunday Express.

It is learnt that a communication has been sent to the SG, asking him to clarify the matter to the court. Despite attempts, Parasaran could not be reached for comments. He was said to be in Chennai.

Following Parasaran’s statement in court, the bench of Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and N V Ramana had ordered that in view of the his statement, the prayer in the petition, that the Union of India be restrained from setting up a commission of inquiry as decided by the Union Cabinet on December 26, “does not survive”.

Disposing the petition, the bench also allowed the petitioners to withdraw the prayer that the Gujarat government be directed to stop the appointment of any probe panel in the matter, giving them to liberty to approach the High Court of Gujarat for “appropriate relief”.

In their petition, the father-daughter duo had alleged that on the basis of the “unauthorised and unverified contents” posted in two websites, a sinister and defamatory campaign had been started in electronic and print media by “certain vested interest groups”. The campaign, they said, had resulted in tarnishing the reputation of the petitioners and their family members, causing them immense anguish.

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    Indus
    May 25, 2014 at 5:24 am
    Liers and inefficient s are back on the dirty tricks. Even after the Congress has faced its one of historical defeats, these evil men are not changing a bit . After all it is difficult to forget their inherent traits. God save the country from these self centered Diggies and Sibals
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    Anil Tandale
    May 25, 2014 at 6:21 am
    Where is the collective responsibility? The SG did not make statement on his own, but only upon instructions from a responsible officer. SG knew who in the Law Min instructed him. Sibal is trying to blame SG by insinuating that officer from other Ministry gave instructions, this is naive and stupid.
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    Bhantunana
    May 25, 2014 at 1:10 am
    These shameless UPA minister should be sent behind the bars. The only thing he has done in last 10 years is how to put Modi in trouble. There is not a single positive achievement of these ministers. Even after losing heavily they cannot give up their long vindictive habits.
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    Swaminathan Chandramouli
    May 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm
    Kabil Sibal can wait for another 5 or 10 years to probe Snoop gate if at all congress comes to power
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    Ganapathi Subramanian
    May 25, 2014 at 5:26 am
    What made Kapil Sibal to wait for 15 days to issue such a contradictory statement,except that he wants to be in the limelight now especially after his humiliating loss in the elections.
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    jack_hoc
    Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm
    Meanwhile he should be probed for his role in Congress scams
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    Kayar Raghavan
    May 25, 2014 at 9:55 am
    However vengeful Sibal and Congress may have been against Modi otherwise, here Sibal is merely making a technical point. His claim that he never said what is attributed to him by SG may well be true.The above said, this w issue is no more likely to survive given no party may be interested in pursuing this, and rightly so too. I don't though rule out a concerted (but eventually, futile) effort from a Modi-hating activist from filing a so-called public interest peion if only to keep the issue alive in the media.
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    Navin Sharma
    May 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm
    Isn't Sibal busy clearing out his desk?
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