Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday supported National Investigation Agency (NIA) for busting an alleged Islamic State terror plot, and defended a recent government order authorising investigative agencies to monitor any computer.
“Well done NIA for cracking dangerous terror module,” tweeted Jaitely on Thursday. “Would this crackdown of the terrorist module by NIA have been possible with out interception of electronic communication?” he questioned in another tweet.
Jaitley’s tweet came following arrest of 10 people by the NIA on Wednesday for allegedly being part of a module of the IS. It could be possible after raids at 17 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Jaitley hit out at the Congress, which along with other opposition parties, has attacked the government for “snooping on citizens” through its order authorising investigative agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt information stored in any computer.
In a tweet, Jaitley asked: “Were the maximum intercepts done during the UPA Government? Surely George Orwell was not born in May 2014?”
He was responding to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s attack on the government saying: “If anybody is going to monitor the computer, including your computer, that is the Orwellian state. George Orwell is around the corner. It is condemnable.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too had attacked the order saying, “It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians what an insecure dictator you really are.”
The order, Jaitley had last week stated, was under a 2009 rule and the opposition was “making a mountain where even a molehill doesn’t exist”.
“National security and sovereignty are paramount. Life and personal liberty will survive only in a strong democratic nation? not in a terrorist dominated state,” Jaitley said Thursday.