- Published on 19 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The controversy over Gujarat snooping case has reached beyond political circles.
The matter is now in the apex court with suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma urging to take cognizance of audio tapes aired by news portal saying it contains proof of how the state government had tried to frame him in frivolous cases.
Sharma is facing five criminal cases and was arrested in January 2010 in a case involving irregularities in land allotment in Kutch earthquake rehabilitation.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam asked Sharma to file an affidavit after the Gujarat government counsel submitted that no oral arguments should be allowed to be made till something is placed on record.
Two investigative portals, Cobrapost and Gulail, had claimed on November 15 that Amit Shah the former home minister of Gujarat and Modi's close associate, had ordered illegal surveillance of a woman at the behest of one "saheb" and they had released taped conversation between Shah and an IPS officer to back up their claim.
The IAS officer in his petition, however, alleged that he is being targeted by Modi government because his younger brother Kuldip Sharma, a senior IPS officer in the state, has "unmasked" many misdeeds of Modi since 2002 post-Godhra riots. Sharma sought that probe in these cases be handed over to CBI.
"The petitioner happens to be the brother of Kuldip Sharma who has unmasked many misdeeds of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the ex-home minister, since the 2002 Godhra riots. The two siblings have been very close to each other right from childhood and share very strong fraternal bonds. In order to cause prejudice to Kuldip Sharma, the petitioner has been victimized by chief minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah," the petition said.
In his petition, he had made some references to the personal life of Modi but the court on on May 12, 2011 had directed him to remove those portions, which was accepted.
The bench fixed the next hearing of the case in first week of December.
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