Days after Modi Government came under Congress’scathing attack for empowering 10 central agencies to check any computer, an 2013 RTI reply has surfaced, revealing the UPA Government used to monitor 9,000 phones and 500 email accounts daily.
In 2013, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was being headed by Dr Manmohan Singh with the alliance’s chairperson being Sonia Gandhi.
The RTI was filed by one ProsenjitMondal and the response was given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 6, 2013.
The RTI reply states, “On an average, between 7,500 to 9,000 orders for interception of telephones and 300 to 500 orders for interception of emails are issued by Central Government per month whereas.”
In reply to another RTI filed by one Swami AmratanandDevtirath, the Ministry of Home Affairs stated on December 24, 2013 that a total on nine law enforcement agencies, including Intelligence Bureau, CBDT, Enforcement Directorate and others were authorised for lawful interception under the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885.
Various opposition parties including the Congress are criticising the Narendra Modi Government for empowering the central agencies in such a way to check personal computers.