Snoopgate: SC Asks Petitioner to Drop Allegations Against Modi
The Supreme Court on Friday said it will look into the plea for the CBI probe into Gujarat’s snooping controversy only after verifying whether suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma complied with its order to delete ‘scurrilous’ allegations against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The court, which also refused Sharma’s plea to allow him to travel to the United States to meet his wife and son, who are American citizens, said his application for the CBI probe into snoopgate can only be considered after examining that he has complied with its May 12, 2011, order when the court had directed him to drop some remarks against Modi.
Since the amended petition was not available during the hearing, a Bench comprising Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice M B Lokur said, “there was a need to compare the orginal petition and the amended one”. “Let us see whether you have first complied with our order or not. We want to go through the amended petition,” the Bench said, adding there was a need to compare the petitions as Gujarat Government and Modi’s close aide and senior BJP leader Amit Shah alleged that Sharma has retained the scurrilous allegations in the application for the CBI probe.
“If that is so we will compare the paragraphs. We have to see that the order has to be followed. If the order has been complied with we will go into it, otherwise we will not entertain it,” the Bench said while posting the plea on snoopgate after two weeks. Sharma’s counsel Prashant Bhushan contended that the gist of the allegation against Modi was necessary in the application to show the alleged malafide by Gujarat Government.
However, his submission was opposed by Shah’s counsel Mahesh Jethmalani saying there was complete non-compliance of the court’s earlier order by Sharma.