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Ex-IPS officer to move HC seeking FIR against Modi in snooping scandal

PTI  Ahmedabad, March 14, 2014
First Published: 22:38 IST(14/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:46 IST(14/3/2014)

Suspended Gujarat IPS officer Pradeep Sharma on Friday said he was going to move the high court seeking a direction to the police to file an FIR against the chief minister Narendra Modi, in connection with the alleged illegal surveillance on a young woman architect by state agencies.

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"After the refusal of the state police to register an FIR, a petition for the direction of the high court will be filed," Sharma said.

Sector 7 police station in the state capital Gandhinagar had refused to register the FIR when Sharma approached it.

His lawyer said that the petition was likely to be filed next week.

"As per the recent judgement of the Supreme Court, police can not refuse to lodge a complaint," according to Sharma.

Sharma had also approached Gujarat director general of police PC Thakur and Gandhinagar superintendent of police Sharad Singhal, seeking that they direct the police to file the FIR, but drew a blank.

Investigative portals Cobrapost.com and Gulail.com had claimed on the basis of some taped conversations that former minister of state for home and Modi's close confidante Amit Shah had ordered illegal surveillance on the young woman at the behest of one "Saheb" in 2009.

Sharma is facing six criminal cases in Gujarat. The 1984-batch IAS officer has claimed he is being victimised by the BJP government for his knowledge of the "intimacy" between Modi and the young woman.

Gujarat government appointed a two-member commission led by retired justice Sugnaben Bhatt on November 26 to conduct inquiry into the alleged snooping after the allegations surfaced. Its report is yet to come.


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