Snoopgate: `Centre not to appoint judge, leave the inquiry to next Govt`

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.

Last Updated: May 05, 2014, 15:37 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: 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.