Suspended IAS officer Sharma gives Snoopgate transcripts to Supreme Court
Suspended Gujarat IAS officer Pradeep Sharma has submitted to the Supreme Court the transcripts of a taped telephone conversation to bolster his case that Chief Minister Narendra Modi kept him and a woman under "all-pervasive" and "intrusive" surveillance.
The transcripts, which run to 90 pages, are part of the affidavit Sharma filed in the apex court recently. The affidavit alleged that Modi wanted to keep him in jail after framing him in false cases as he apprehended that Sharma possessed information which could "damage his electoral prospects".
The court is hearing a batch of petitions filed by Sharma seeking a probe into circumstances under which five criminal cases were slapped on him by the Modi government.
He has also sought a CBI probe into the alleged violation of the woman's right to privacy and the Indian Telegraph Act by Modi.
Sharma has alleged that he was suspended and framed in the cases between 2010 and 2012 because of Modi's suspicion that he knew about the contents of a VCD allegedly involving Modi and the woman. He also alleged that he was targeted as he happened to be the younger brother of Kuldip Sharma, who functioned as Additional Director-General of Police and did not obey directions from Modi's office to go slow against rioters during the Godhra carnage.
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