Reacting to the state governments decision to appoint a two-member commission to probe the Singhal tapes that reveal the surveillance of a young woman allegedly by former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah at the behest of Chief Minister Narendra Modi,state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia alleged that it was like a burglar deciding who will investigate his crime. He said that the appointment of the commission was nothing,but an attempt to whitewash the whole crime. In reality,it is a Modi bachao commission (save Modi commission), the Congress leader alleged.
In a statement issued here,Modhwadia said that a reliable probe was not expected from the commission given the background of the members of the panel. Modhwadia said that the Congress party wanted Modi to resign from his post. It wanted the registration of a criminal case against him for a fair probe. Modhwadia said that even if the family members of the woman did not come forward to register a case,suspended IAS officer Pradeep sharma,who was also allegedly put under surveillance,was demanding a probe by an independent agency. Yet,the Gujarat police had not registered any complaint in this connection.
K C Kapoor,the first member of the commission,had worked as Home Secretary under Shah. As a post-retirement benefit,he was appointed as head of the State Election Commission. Justice (Retd) Sugnaben Bhatt,the second member,Modhwadia said,had resigned when she was transferred out of Gujarat High Court 10 years ago. For the last one decade,Modhwadia alleged,Justice (Retd) Bhatt had been heading the Gujarat State Other Backward Castes Commission. Hence,there is no hope of a fair report from this commission, he alleged. He said that the Modi government had set up the commission to pre-empt the registration of a case against him and a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.