Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on allegations of illegal snooping directed at Gujarat chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to send a showcause notice to the Gujarat government seeking an explanation on the issue.
On November 15, news portals Cobrapost and Gulail released a report and made public tapes in which Amit Shah, a close aide of Modi, is heard directing the state police to monitor the movements of a young woman and a senior IAS officer.
The website alleged three key wings of the Gujarat police were involved in this snooping effort.
“We will send a notice to the Gujarat government on Wednesday asking them to explain whether they followed due process before orders were given to put a young woman under surveillance,” Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar, NCW member told HT.
Prabhavalkar said that the Gujarat government would also be asked to seek an explanation from the then Gujarat home minister Amit Shah if his order resulted in misuse of government machinery for the purpose of snooping.
“We want to know if there was a written complaint lodged by the girl or her parents based on which snooping orders were given. Amit Shah who was the state home minister at that time will have to clarify as he was the one who had given the orders,” Prabhavalkar added.
The Congress appears to have stepped up the gas on the snooping controversy with party leaders also demanding that a sitting Supreme Court judge probe allegations that the Gujarat police in 2009 put a young Bangalore-based architect under surveillance, at the behest of one “saheb.”