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No plan to appoint probe panel on snoopgate, Centre tells Supreme Court

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - 6:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that there is no proposal to appoint any judicial commission to probe the snoopgate scandal.

It was alleged that illegal surveillance was carried out on a young woman in Gujarat in 2009 at the behest of chief minister Narendra Modi and the then home minister of the state, Amit Shah.

Solicitor general Mohan Parasaran appeared for the Central government and told the bench of Justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and N V Ramana that the "Union law minister has already given a statement that there is no proposal to appoint any commission of enquiry into the snoopgate scandal."

Taking his statement on record, the bench disposed of a petition filed by the woman, who was at the centre of the controversy, and her father.

They sought a restraint order against the central as well as the state governments saying the same is violation of the family's privacy and fundamental rights.

To their other plea for immediate stay on the proceedings of the committee appointed by the Modi government in Gujarat, the bench refused to pass any order and asked them to approach Gujarat high court.

"In view of the statement made by solicitor general, the petitioners agreed to withdraw their first prayer (for Centre) and for other prayer (for Gujarat govt), they will approach the appropriate high court," the order said.

The woman, in her petition, cited privacy concerns and sought the court to order an immediate stay on the proceedings before the state commission which is already probing the allegations against Modi in Gujarat.

Her counsel senior advocate Ranjit Kumar had argued and sought an order barring the media from publishing the name of the petitioners.

Their petition said that the woman is leading a happily married life and her privacy is infringed by such type of publication.

The plea claimed that a "sinister and defamatory campaign" was started in the media by certain "vested interests" on the basis of these "unauthorised and unverified contents...".

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