For 'saheb', Modi's aide Amit Shah accused of using cops to snoop on woman

ShahAmit Shah has been accused of misusing his powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in 2009. (PTI)

Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime minister candidate Narendra Modi's close aide and former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah was on Friday accused of misusing his powers and police machinery for illegal surveillance of a young woman in August 2009 "at the behest of his saheb".

An alleged taped conversation between Shah and Gujarat IPS officer G L Singhal aired by news portals Cobrapost and Gulail here, purportedly featured Shah instructing Singhal to closely monitor the movements of the woman referred to in the report as "Madhuri" (not her real name).

"Singhal has told the CBI that the surveillance was illegal and was carried out only on the oral instructions of Shah. The recordings reveal that Madhuri was tailed even as she visited shopping malls, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, gyms, cinema halls, hotels and airports," said a statement issued by the two news portals.

"She was followed even when she visited her ailing mother in a hospital in Ahmedabad. When she boarded a flight out of Ahmedabad, orders were issued to put cops on the flight so that she was not out of sight even when she was flying. Strict orders were given to closely observe and profile those who met her. Shah was particularly interested in knowing the men she was meeting and whether she was alone or with some man when she checked into a hotel in Ahmedabad. Her phones and that of her family and friends were tapped. Every bit of information was conveyed to Shah in real time, who in turn claimed to be relaying it to his 'Saheb'," the statement said.

Singhal was arrested by the CBI in February this year in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter and was recently released on bail. He was then posted as SP, ATS in Gujarat police.

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