The Congress on Wednesday cited excerpts from the purported conversation between Amit Shah and Gujarat police officer G L Singhal to counter claims made by Pranlal Soni that his daughter was “fully aware” of the “help” provided by Narendra Modi’s government, and that there was “no encroachment of her privacy” as a result of the surveillance mounted on her.
Soni, the father of the woman who was allegedly snooped on by Modi’s government in 2009, has written to the national and Gujarat women’s commissions urging them not to probe the matter.
NCW member Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said on Wednesday: “It seems to be a case of surveillance, not only on her but also on her relatives and friends. It is prima facie a case of stalking and keeping a track of her on a day-to-day basis.”
Prabhavalkar said Soni should “show his face” to the NCW. “We have received the letter from her so-called father. It did not have any email address, telephone or mobile number. It was given to a security guard at the gate of the NCW office. If it is a family matter and he wants to put an end to the debate, he should have absolutely no problem coming forward and talking to us. He should show his face. We have written to the Kutch postal address in the letter and given him seven days’ time,” Prabhavalkar said.
The president of the Congress’s women’s wing, Shobha Oza, pointed out that the purported conversation included words like “trap” and (not letting her) “escape”. “It is a clear case of stalking. If the policemen had been providing her security, they would have been with her, not following her whereever she went,” Oza said.
The word “escape” figures four times, and “trap” once in the purported conversation in Gujarati, which was translated into English by Cobrapost and Gulail. The two news portals, which released the tape and the transcripts, said they had “no means to independently verify these charges”. Excerpts:
Amit Shah: And where is the lady?
GL Singhal: She is sitting at Navrangpura near Have More.
Shah: With that boy only?... I want him in jail for as many days as Vanjara has been jailed for.
Shah: ...Ask him in advance the hotel’s name... So in case she escapes, we can keep a vigil at the hotel.
Singhal: We have deployed men at