Snooping: Pradeep Sharma lodges complaint, but cops refuse to register FIR against Modi

Suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma on Monday lodged a complaint with the Gandhinagar police against Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former Minister of State (Home) Amit Shah, Ahmedabad Crime Branch chief A K Sharma and others in the snooping scandal. Sharma went to Gandhinagar's Sector 7 police station to lodge an FIR. However, the police refused to do so. Sharma's complaint, however, has been accepted by the police.

The snooping case came to light when two news portals, cobrapost.com and gulail.com, showed tapes of purported conversations between Amit Shah, suspended SP Girish Singhal and A K Sharma in 2009 where Shah was allegedly heard giving instructions to snoop on a woman architect under instructions from one "Saheb".

Sharma stated that he was an aggrieved party and had the local standi to file an FIR in this matter. A local court in Ahmedabad had last week passed an order accepting the jurisdiction in the case.

A few hours after filing the application with Gandhinagar police, Sharma told this newspaper, "I have filed a complaint against the chief minister, Amit Shah, A K Sharma and other policemen who were helping them in snooping. I have submitted evidences of audio clippings of the two websites supporting the complaint." Interestingly, according to Sharma, Singhal is not an accused in the snooping scandal. "Singhal is rather a witness for me in the case so I have not mentioned him as an accused," Sharma said.

When Sharma approached the police on Monday afternoon, he was told that the police could not accept his complaint as a commission of inquiry had already been set up. After receiving a negative response from Sector 7 police station, he approached the Gandhinagar S P office. Sharad Singhal, Gandhinagar SP, said, "Sharma's application was accepted, but no FIR could be registered because a special committee has already been appointed to investigate the case. When a committee is already probing the matter, the police don't need to investigate into it". However, Sharma claimed that the constitution of the inquiry committee had got nothing to do with a criminal activity. According to Sharma, if a criminal case takes place, an FIR has to be filed.

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