How Official Investigative Agencies in Gujarat Spied on a Young Architect for ‘Saheb’ – By Ashish Khetan
In September 2013,… a source handed me a pen drive. It contained hundreds of recorded telephone conversations between Amit Shah – who was minister of state for home in the Gujarat government, working directly with then home minister [and chief minister Narendra] Modi – and G.L. Singhal, a high-profile Gujarat IPS officer….
The tapes in the pen drive offered a close and unsettling encounter with the paranoid Modi model of governance, in which everyone was being watched, all the time…. It was all methodically arranged. The buck could never stop with the chief minister, even if it sometimes did with Shah. Modi, whom Shah addressed as ‘Saheb’, seldom dealt with the police officers directly. In fact, he only really interacted with Shah, through whom his writ ran, the tapes showed.
….I identified the woman who was stalked. She was originally from Gujarat but had spent many years working in Bangalore…. The illegal spying operation was initiated on Shah’s instructions, sometime in July 2009, and continued for several weeks….