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MHA mass surveillance order: SC issues notice to Centre

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The on Monday issued a notice to the (PIL) filed against the Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA) December 20 notification allowing ten agencies to monitor any computer resource.

The apex court said that it will examine the issue and sought the Centre's reply within six weeks.

On December 20, the MHA had issued the notification empowering ten agencies for

The agencies include, the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation; Investigation Agency, (R&AW), Directorate of (For service areas of Jammu and Kashmir, North-East and only) and of Police,

ML Sharma had challenged the MHA order on grounds of it being 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'.

However, the Home Ministry, in an earlier statement, had clarified that its order does not confer any new powers to any security or agency, adding that any interception, monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource will be done as per the law.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 14:15 IST