Union Minister Arun Jaitely defends govt ‘snooping’ order, said this amid opposition attack

Amid fierce attack from the opposition, Union minister Arun Jaitley defended the move of empowering several investigating agencies to intercept and monitor data on computers.

The Union Minister stated that the authorisation was given under rules framed during the UPA regime in 2009.

“Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems, Modi Ji. It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians, what an insecure dictator you really are,” Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

It need be mentioned that even Congress leader Anand Sharma raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha today.

He accused the government of making the country a surveillance state.

But the Union Finance Minister shot back with the arguement that opposition is playing with the security of the country.

Earlier, only the home ministry could scan calls and emails of people. The new order gives that power to the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate,

Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, CBI, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (Research and Analysis Wing), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in Jammu and Kashmir, North-East and Assam only) and the Delhi Police Commissioner.

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