In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay proceedings of the committee appointed by the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat into the infamous snoopgate scandal.
The apex court, while passing the order, also directed the petitioner (a woman and her father) to approach the Gujarat High Court for state related probe.
The apex court passed the order in response to a submission by the Centre that there is no proposal to appoint any commission of inquiry into the ‘snoopgate’ controversy.
The father of the woman involved in the matter has asked the apex court to restrain the incumbent government from setting up a commission to investigate the snooping scandal.
Earlier, Manmohan Singh-led government had announced that it would appoint a judge before May 16, the day votes polled in the Lok Sabha election are counted, to head the judicial commission set up to investigate the issue.
A war of words had erupted between BJP leader Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after the announcement.
The issue of ‘snoopgate’ enquiry allegedly involving BJP’s PM candidate ran into trouble with two UPA constituents — NCP and National Conference — opposing the move to appoint a judge in “dying hours” of the government.
The central government had decided in December to set up a judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the charges of illegal surveillance by the Gujarat government.
It was alleged that illegal surveillance was carried out on a young woman in Gujarat in 2009 at the behest of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his then Minister of State for Home Amit Shah.
Both Modi and Shah have denied the allegations.