Shinde: Centre may order probe into snooping row

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde hinted at the government ordering a Commission of Inquiry into alleged snooping on a woman in Gujarat allegedly at the behest of BJP leader Amit Shah, even as the ministry sought opinion of the law ministry on sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court to probe into allegations against Justice (retd) A K Ganguly for his removal as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Speaking on possibility of setting up a Commission, Shinde said several organisations working for women and NGOs had given representations to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding a probe into the alleged "snooping".

"My department is examining them. There are some formalities that have to be completed. It should not happen or look as if we are taking a haphazard decision against a party. Hence, our department is going into details and once that is done, very soon we will take a decision," he said.

A Commission of Inquiry will have independence as well as adequate powers to seek official documents and call people for questioning, sources said.

A probe by such a Commission is considered more credible than a normal police probe. Two news portals, Cobrapost and Gulail, had claimed on November 15 that Amit Shah ordered illegal surveillance on a woman in Gujarat at the behest of "one saheb".

They released taped conversation purportedly between former Home Minister Amit Shah and IPS officer G L Singhal to support their claim but said the authenticity of the tape could not be confirmed.

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