Probe panel sends notice, portal questions motive

PARIMAL DABHI

A month after the Gujarat Government appointed a two-member judicial inquiry commission led by former High Court Judge, Sugnya Bhatt, to probe into the alleged snooping on a woman architect by Gujarat Police allegedly under the instructions of former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah and one 'saheb', the Commission wrote to gulail.com — one of the two investigative portals that made the alleged snooping tapes public — asking it to file an affidavit by January 15. The portal, however, has questioned the intentions of the commission and added that they would decide on the further course of action in a few days.

Talking to The Indian Express, founder of gulail.com — Ashish Khaitan — said that they received a communication from the Commission on Thursday asking them to file an affidavit before the Commission with reference to its inquiry by January 15.

"They have sent us the communication. We will decide our further course of action (whether to file the affidavit or not) in a few days," said Khaitan.

He said that the terms of reference did not mandate the Commission to probe the roles of the Chief Minister or Amit Shah in the episode. "The Commission seems to have been appointed with mala fide intention (of targeting us). We will take our decision in a few days," said Khaitan.

Two investigative portals — gulail.com and cobrapost.com — revealed that the tapes related to the alleged snooping of a woman by Gujarat police at the behest of Amit Shah. In the audio tapes, Amit Shah is being heard instructing IPS officer, G L Singhal, to stalk and tape phones of an architect woman, at the behest of his 'saheb'.

Founder of cobrapost.com, Aniruddha Bahal, said they have not received any communication from the Sugnya Bhatt Commission so far.

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