Supreme Court issues notice to Centre over MHA Snooping Order

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New Dlehi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Narendra Modi government over the Ministry of Home Affairs order allowing ten central agencies to monitor any computer resource.

The apex court issued the notice while hearing public interest litigation (PIL), which challenged the notification of home ministry.

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

On December 20, the MHA issued an order allowing ten central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource”.

Among the institutions that have been authorised to access any computer system, are “the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (RAW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Assam only), and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi.


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