The controversy over the snoopgate scandal is refusing to die down. The Congress has now alleged that the Gujarat government led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi paid off the woman architect’s family involved in the snoopgate scandal.
It has raised questions over why contracts were given to a company owned by the woman architect’s family without any tenders, alleging that out of turn favours were given by the Gujarat government to stop the family from complaining against Modi.
In a press conference, the Congress raised ten questions to Modi highlighting how snooping was a violation of the privacy of the Indian Telegraph Act and how the state machinery was misused.
The statement from Congress comes even as its key allies the Nationalist Congress Party and the National Conference opposed the government’s move to name a judge in the snooping case before May 16 when the election results are scheduled to be announced.
“The NCP is not for probe panel at this juncture as results are only 10 days away,” NCP leader Praful Patel said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, too, said that probing the scandal just days ahead of poll results is wrong. “I was talking to my dad last night and he felt the same way – setting up a commission of inquiry in the dying hours of UPA 2 is just wrong,” Omar tweeted.
Omar also termed the appointment of a judge five months after the constitution of the commission as wrong. “If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge five months later is wrong,” Omar tweeted.