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UPA govt intercepted 9000 telephone calls, 500 emails in 2013: Sambit Patra

Interception of calls, emails done illegally during UPA govt, says BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sambit Patra

The Sunday claimed that interception of calls and emails were done illegally during the Congress-led UPA government while Modi dispensation has adopted legal means with its order designating 10 agencies to do so.

In an order on Thursday, the Union authorised 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt "any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer". The centre's order had come under attack from the who said that the move was "unconstitutional and an assault on fundamental rights" and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

spokesperson showed that in two RTI replies the UPA government in August 2013 had said that on an average its agencies intercepted 9000 telephone calls and 500 emails a month.

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It had also listed 10 agencies which did the monitoring - Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, CBDT Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, CBI, NIA, RA&W, Directorate of Signal Intelligence, of concerned state and Commissioner of Delhi.

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"Tell me how is this different from the December 20 order? The only difference is that the December 20 (order) was legally notified by the central government while the UPA had not notified it and upon an RTI they had released the list. These 10 agencies were working even at that time. They were snooping on 9000 telephone calls and 500 emails every month and is accusing others of snooping? "The political party which enforced emergency, the party which brought the post office amendment bill how can that political party level such charges against another party? The party for its opportunism has gone to the extent of playing with security" he alleged.

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The decision to intercept anybody's computer can be invoked only in matters of integrity and security, public order and friendly relations with other countries, the government has said.

The earlier mechanism was not defined and it has now been made robust and accountable, it claimed. PTI ASG KR RCJ

First Published: Sun, December 23 2018. 18:42 IST