Snoopgate: Home Ministry will go to Cabinet to withdraw probe order

BJP had strongly opposed the controversial move by the then Manmohan Singh government and demanded that the probe be stopped.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2014 9:34 am
rajnath Home Ministry officials are expected to move the Cabinet with a note to scrap the December 26, 2013, order to set up the judicial commission of inquiry to probe into the charges of surveillance.

The  Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to approach the Cabinet to withdraw the previous UPA government’s order to set up a commission to probe the alleged illegal surveillance of a young woman architect in Gujarat along with two other cases of snooping.

The previous government in December last year had ordered setting up of the commission, which was supposed to probe the three cases of illegal surveillance and CDR analysis. The other two cases were of surveillance of Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh by the previous Dhumal government and the call detail record (CDR) access of former Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and now Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Home Ministry officials are expected to move the Cabinet with a note to scrap the December 26, 2013, order to set up the judicial commission of inquiry to probe into the charges of surveillance.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had already indicated that the “politically motivated” decision to set up the inquiry commission will be reviewed by the NDA government. Earlier, the BJP had strongly opposed the setting up of the commission to probe the Gujarat incident. It had demanded that the probe be stopped as a parallel inquiry had been ordered into the matter by the Gujarat government.

The UPA government’s decision to set up the commission had triggered a political row as the snooping incident was alleged to have involved Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat chief minister.

It was announced that the commission, to be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a retired chief justice of a high court, would also suggest measures to improve the privacy laws in the country. However, the UPA government could not appoint anyone to head the probe panel ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as no retired judge was reportedly willing to take up the assignment.

 

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First Published on: June 22, 2014 11:56 am
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    Rocky Rana
    Jun 23, 2014 at 4:33 am
    Bury that decision with Congress
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      satnam singh
      Jun 23, 2014 at 3:31 am
      ..the might is always always right ....proven once more...
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        Santano Fernandes
        Jun 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm
        what snooping probe, mission is accomplished and now who will do the probe and on whom, big joke, let probe go in the dustbin
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          Linzhi
          Jun 23, 2014 at 3:46 am
          Gujarat snooping is too small. Now w of India is available.
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            Linzhi
            Jun 23, 2014 at 3:48 am
            If you feel it was politically motivated, let the probe go on independently and let the truth come out. Why do you want to suppress truth? How long will you keep fooling the nation?
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              Happy
              Jun 22, 2014 at 11:37 am
              That was political probe by MMS government under Sonia pressure.
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                Kirit
                Jun 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                If there is nothing to hide, why not let the probe go on?
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                  naidu kare
                  Jun 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm
                  Let the probe go on in a big manner. Let us show to the world that in the biggest democracy the PM is also an ordinary citizen and has to abide by the law. Let us not sweet it under the carpet. Let there be no concessions for the alleged conspirators
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                    Raju Abraham
                    Jun 23, 2014 at 4:44 am
                    Repeal or impose of any orders are good governance but these orders shall not be compromised on social fabrics and security of the Nation.
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                      rohan
                      Jun 22, 2014 at 10:12 am
                      Likewise, all fake encounter cases too may be abandoned !
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                        KARUNA
                        Jun 22, 2014 at 9:50 am
                        this move by upa had paved the way for additional seats to Modi/bjp.
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                          Tanya
                          Jun 22, 2014 at 9:55 am
                          I wonder where are all the trolls who don't mind bombarding the comments section with vicious dirty dishonouring remarks against the UPA govt(which includes only "Sonia hi and Rahul hi"). A government action which completely vandalises a citizen's rights, will go unpunished rather would be buried under the sheets of nepotism
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                            Till Tale
                            Jun 23, 2014 at 4:39 am
                            When the police chief is the beloved why oneshould nurse any sense of fear!!!
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                              VidehKumar
                              Jun 23, 2014 at 3:38 am
                              This will make people feel that NaMo was not innocent and was afraid of investigation. Charges will tend to stick. This will set a wrong precedence also.
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