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Snooping scandal inquiry a genuine need: Congress

PTI  New Delhi, December 27, 2013
First Published: 15:21 IST(27/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:40 IST(27/12/2013)

A day after the central government cleared an inquiry into alleged illegal spying on a woman on the orders of Gujarat government, the war of words between the Congress and BJP continued, with the former terming it a “genuine need”.

"Snooping on the girl was done at the behest of ‘saheb’ not only inside but outside Gujarat also. An all-India inquiry was a genuine need," Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed tweeted.

BJP had on Thursday likened the setting up of the judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe charges of spying on the woman in 2009 to a witch-hunt.

Investigative websites Cobrapost and Gulail had in November played out to the media tapes in which Modi’s aide and then Gujarat home minister Amit Shah is purportedly directing a senior police officer to monitor the movements of the woman.

Read: Cabinet clears probe in Gujarat snooping, BJP fumes

Read: Probe sets stage for a nasty Congress-BJP verbal war ahead of LS poll campaign

Chattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh on Friday said the Centre’s move was a "political vendetta" and the Congress has “stooped to a low level of politics over the issue”.

Contending that the inquiry commission was an insult to states and amounted to an encroachment of their jurisdiction, Singh said, "Congress has resorted to a low level of politics after it failed in the contest against Narendra Modi in the recent assembly polls, in which the party lost (to BJP) in four states."

"It (the decision) proves that the Centre is ready to break any federal structure for political mileage. We will protest against it at all levels," he said.

Read: Chidambaram takes dig at Modi govt over snooping row

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