Not a right time to appoint judge to probe Snoopgate: Praful Patel

Mumbai, May 4: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Sunday said the party is opposed to Congress-led UPA Government’s decision to appoint a judge to probe the ‘Snoopgate’ scandal involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“The NCP feels it is not the right time for Snoopgate appointment, and Sharad Pawar has communicated the views of the party to the prime minister. Had the Commission of Inquiry been set up few months back it would have been fine, not now when elections results are 10 days away,” Praful told media here today.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has reportedly spoken with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the government decision to appoint a judge to probe the ‘Snoopgate’.

“All we are saying is that the timing at this moment would not be seen or viewed favorably by the public,” he added.

Responding to a question about National Conference too supporting the NCP’s view on the issue, Praful said, “This reflects a general opinion as to how a political party would conduct itself in the last 10-12 days before the general elections are announced.”

Earlier today, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Was talking to my dad last night and he felt the same way – setting up a commission of inquiry in the dying hours of UPA 2 is just wrong.”

“If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge 5 months later is wrong,” he further tweeted.

On May 2, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had said that the government would soon appoint a judge to probe the snooping scandal that involves Modi.

The government may approach the Allahabad High Court seeking the services of a sitting judge to head the commission of enquiry. The Government plans to complete this process before the outcome of this election. (ANI)