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Shiv Sena slams Modi govt over MHA order allowing agencies to monitor any computer resource

On Friday, the MHA order authorised 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer. 

 

Mumbai| The Ministry of Home Affairs order giving permission to 10 investigative agencies in the country to monitor any computer resource led to a massive uproar in the country. While the opposition slammed the government calling it a move to create a surveillance state, BJP’s ally in the state and central government Shivsena too had criticised government’s move.

Talking to a news agency, Shivsena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said that the Modi government should just declare an emergency in the country. She said, “Instead of issuing such notifications, Modi government should declare an emergency.”

On Friday, the MHA order authorised 10 Central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.

According to the MHA order, the subscriber or service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource will be bound to extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies. Failing to do so will invite seven-year imprisonment and fine.

The agencies are 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.

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