The Supreme Court of India on Monday issued notice to the government on a plea challenging the notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.
The Apex court has sought a response within six weeks.
The PIL challenging the government’s December 20 notification came up before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Recently, the Home Ministry of India has authorised ten security and intelligence agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba issued an order authorising ten central agencies with “interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order enabling the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Assam only) and Commissioner of Police, Delhi to intercept information stored on any computer device.