Congress-led UPA government will soon appoint judges to probe BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's involvement in Gujarat snoopgate scandal.
Attacking Modi, Union minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that a judge to head the probe panel would be appointed by May 16 before the new government is formed.
"The judge heading the commission will be appointed before May 16. Why is Modi afraid of a probe? Gujarat set up a commission choosing their own judge, why are they scared of an independent probe," asked Sibal.
Even as Sibal launched attack on Modi, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Friday said a judge would be appointed soon to probe the alleged snooping on a woman in Gujarat.
"The union cabinet has passed a decision to appoint a judge on the snooping case and soon he will be appointed. The matter is in process," Shinde told reporters here.
Asked if appointing a judge at the moment would be in violation of the model code of conduct, he said: "It is not. The decision has been taken far earlier before the code of conduct began."
The minister said: "I am scared that if a chief minister can put a women on surveillance, what will happen to the women of the country if he becomes the prime minister."
Political leaders on Friday welcomed the government's initiative to approach Allahabad High Court sitting judge to probe into the Snoopgate case.
Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said that the present commission was a 'Modi saving commission' and that the central government should have appointed the judge long before.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that it is a welcome decision but should have taken place long ago. Meanwhile, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta also welcomed the move.
On Thursday, the BJP had slammed the UPA government over reports suggesting that the government is planning on instituting a probe over the snoopgate issue.
BJP's Arun Jaitley had said he hopes no judge will be part of such a desperate exercise.
The snooping scandal involves Narendra Modi allegedly ordering illegal surveillance on a young woman architect in Gujarat.