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Calling the woman by a fictitious name ‘Madhuri’, the websites alleged that the illegal surveillance was ordered by Shah for his ‘Saheb’ and the police followed her inside malls, restaurants, gyms, airport, flights and even when she visited relatives and went to see her mother at a hospital.Singhal, who is an accused in the Ishrat Jahan case and is out on bail, apparently handed over hundreds of recorded telephonic conversations to the CBI to try to show how three key wings of the Gujarat Police–the State Intelligence Bureau, the Crime Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Squad –allegedly misused their powers to stalk this woman.It was claimed that the surveillance-cum-phone interception operation was carried out on oral orders, without any valid legal authorisation.The 267 audio recordings submitted to the CBI primarily contain telephonic conversations between Shah and Singhal, who was at the time posted as an SP with ATS.Shah was Minister of State for Home for seven years between 2003 and 2010, while Modi himself has been Gujarat’s home minister since October 2001.Shah was arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in 2010 and is out on bail, looking after BJP’s poll campaign in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.They also said that such kinds of surveillance was in complete violation of Supreme Court guidelines and against the fundamental rights of the citizens of this country.
There are different versions being put forth by both political folks and by woman’s family. Here I want to discuss another point. It seems prima facie that the surveillance was not carried out with any legal orders. So involvement of high officers of various branches of law enforcements point to one uncomfortable truth. Even men in high positions of police and law enforcements are merely carrying out the orders at the behest of someone higher up in the food chain who can make their life difficult if they choose to protest.