Suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma on Saturday sought a CBI probe against the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and his aide Amit Shah in connection with the alleged snooping on a woman architect. He added that he was being victimised as he was aware of the details of Modi’s alleged intimacy with the woman.
Last week, two news portals made public tapes in which BJP general secretary Amit Shah is purportedly heard directing police to put a young woman and a senior IAS officer under surveillance in 2009, when he was Gujarat’s minister of state for home, at the behest of one “saheb”.
"Take on record the documents and transcripts annexed with the application and direct CBI to register a case and conduct a thorough inquiry into the violation of the Telegraph Act 1885 and other applicable laws by Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and any other such persons," Sharma said in his application to the Supreme Court.
He also urged the court to take cognisance of the audio tapes, saying they were proof how the Gujarat government had tried to frame him in "frivolous" cases.
Sharma said another reason he was being targeted was that his younger brother Kuldip Sharma, a senior IPS officer in the state, had "unmasked" many "misdeeds" of the Modi government since the 2002 Godhra riots.
A 1984 batch IAS officer, Sharma has been fighting a legal battle against the Modi government. He faces six criminal cases, including a case for alleged irregularity in land allotment to private firms in Kutch district in 2008. He sought that the probe in these cases be handed over to the CBI.
Sharma petition claims the tapes/transcripts “reveal a strong bias and prejudice of the state of Gujarat” against him and its intent to implicate him in criminal offences.