A recent Bombay High Court order (October 22) brings a renewed focus on a telephonic interception in the interest of public safety in the post Puttuswamy era. The court ruled that surveillance carried out under the Telegraph Act by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against a Mumbai-based businessman accused of paying a bribe to a bank official was illegal and ordered for the destruction of three impugned interceptions. Though the interceptions were duly approved by the home secretary, the court strongly came down upon the CBI for the diverse stand taken regarding the compliance of rules for using these interceptions as evidence in prosecution proceedings before the trial court from time to time.
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First Published: Sun, November 24 2019. 22:01 IST