"Snoopgate" is pivoted around allegations that secretly-recorded phone conversations reveal that as Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Modi tasked his close aide Amit Shah, to ensure the woman was spied upon by top police officers. (Amit Shah Slams Government Move on 'Snoopgate' Probe)
The Gujarat government in December assigned a retired judge to investigate the allegations. The Congress controversially said just days ago that it would also appoint a judge for another inquiry. (Congress Allies Agree with BJP Over Snoopgate Appointment)
The BJP and key allies of the Congress objected immediately, arguing that a government whose term is about to expire has no right to make important appointments. Today, Law Minister Kapil Sibal confirmed that the government has aborted its plans to select a judge to inquest Snoopgate. (Post Allies Attack, Government Changes Mind About Snoopgate Judge: Sources)
The Supreme Court will hear the case on Friday and may pass interim orders that neither Gujarat nor the Centre can proceed with an inquiry.
Mr Modi's high-octane campaign is expected to deliver the maximum seats to the BJP in the election. The Congress, floundering amid opinion poll predictions of a total rout, has been using Snoopgate to accuse Mr Modi of double speak on the issue of women's safety.
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