Suspended IAS officer to request SC to take cognizance of tapes in snooping row

ModiTwo news portals have alleged illegal surveillance of a woman architect by the Gujarat ATS in 2009 on the instructions of Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah.

When contacted, Joti, who retired last year, said: "I do not remember this two-year-old thing''.

Current Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha said: "All these are record-based things. Without going through the records I cannot comment on this".

When asked about Sharma's letter alleging that the CM targeted him, government spokesperson Nitin Patel said, "I do not have any such information".

Sharma is a younger brother of IPS (retired) Kuldip Sharma, who fell out of favour of the Modi government and sought a deputation at the Centre. Following his retirement, he was appointed an advisor to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Pradeep Sharma, who last served as Bhavnagar Municipal Commissioner, was arrested on January 6, 2010 in a case involving alleged irregularities in Kutch earthquake rehabilitation. He faces five cases, mostly land related, and also dealing with charges of conspiracy, forgery and misuse of government office.

Sharma and four other deputy collectors were arrested in a case related to the collapse of the wholesale grain market in Bhuj in the January 26, 2001 earthquake, after which the government allotted shops on the same site to construct a new grain market. The officers were accused of allotting these plots to non-beneficiaries.

The second case accuses Sharma of allotting land to a textile manufacturing group in Anjar taluka for a pittance during his posting as Kutch district collector between 2003 and 2007.

The Supreme Court stayed trial in the grain market case. Sharma was bailed out in December 2011 by an order of the SC.

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