Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Dec 19 said many women organizations and NGOs had given representations to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding a probe into alleged “snooping” on the woman and the President had referred the applications to the Home Ministry. “My department is examining them. There are some formalities too that have to be completed. It should not happen or look like as if we are taking a haphazard decision against a party. Hence, our department is going into details and once that is done, very soon we will take a decision on that,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
“It is an earnest wish of my daughter that no further probe (in snooping issue) is necessary as being politically demanded,” he had said in a letter to NCW and Gujarat State Commission for Women. A final decision on conducting a probe through a commission of inquiry will be taken only after the Union Cabinet gives its approval. If the Cabinet gives its nod, the government may ask the Supreme Court to spare one of its sitting judges or a retired judge to head the commission.
A commission of inquiry will have independence as well as adequate powers to seek official documents and call people for questioning. A probe by such a commission is considered more crediblethan a normal police probe, they said. (PTI)