Sunday, February 13, 2011

Goa State breached SC rules on phone tapping ?

At a time when the issue of telephone tapping is occupying centre-stage at the national level, it has come to light that the Goa Government has been tapping telephones in the State, allegedly in violation of Supreme Court directions and the Indian Telegraph Rules, until very recently. Information obtained by RTI activist Savio Correia from the State Home Department suggests that telephone tapping was done in breach of the procedure established by law, and a `Review Committee' was constituted only in September last year. The authorities have stubbornly refused to disclose any information about interception of telephone conversations, leading Correia to approach the State Information Commission for relief.

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