Monday 21 April 2014
News updated at 5:18 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 23.4°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Odisha tapped 4,620 phones in four years

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24, 2012 (IANS)

A total of 4,620 landline and mobile telephones were tapped in Odisha from 2008-12, the government said Saturday in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query.

The state home department said the government tapped the telephones from Dec 29, 2008 to Sep 15, lawyer and RTI applicant Biswapriya Kanungo told IANS. "I am surprised what prompted the government to tap such a large number of phones during last four years when there was no visible public emergency," he said.

Citing information he obtained from the government by filing an RTI application in 2008, Kanungo said the state had tapped 417 phones in eight years from 2000-08. While a state home department official declined to comment, Kanungo said a phone could be tapped only when there was a public emergency or in the interest of public safety.

"I don't think there was any such emergency during the period (2008-12). I believe phones were tapped for political interest even though the Supreme Court guideline clearly says it amounts to an invasion of privacy, and violation of human rights," he pointed out.


Kanungo said he had sought the information by filing an RTI application in September  but the information was provided only Saturday.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A man plucking Marmelos from a tree at Beldanga, Murshidabad, West Bengal...

A man plucking Marmelos from a tree at Beldanga, Murshidabad, West Bengal...

N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services with Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial...

N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services with Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial...

Rashtriya Aam Party candidate Rakhi Sawant during an election campaign, Mumbai...

Rashtriya Aam Party candidate Rakhi Sawant during an election campaign, Mumbai...

Chinese navy officers stand in formation as Pakistan naval frigate Shamsher arrives at a military...

Chinese navy officers stand in formation as Pakistan naval frigate Shamsher arrives at a military...

Students taking part in an awareness programme on the eve of World Earth Day in Patiala...

Students taking part in an awareness programme on the eve of World Earth Day in Patiala...

A butterfly and a honey bee fight to collect nectar from a flower, Delhi...

A butterfly and a honey bee fight to collect nectar from a flower, Delhi...

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523