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Snoopgate: ‘Centre not to appoint judge, leave the inquiry to next Government’

After huge political uproar, the Centre has decided not to initiate an inquiry into the ‘snoopgate’ controversy concerning the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, reports said on Monday.

Sources claim that as of now the government has decided not to appoint a judge to probe the ‘snoopgate’ and leave the inquiry to the next government.

“We have left the decision on appointing a judge to the next government,” government sources said a day after two UPA constituents NCP and National Conference openly opposed the move in the “dying days” of UPA-II.

Last week, 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.

Modi on Sunday labelled as an “act of despair” the UPA government’s decision to appoint a sitting judge to probe the so-called snoopgate controversy.

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