India Parliament adjourns after mobile phone tapping claims
Spy on the wire
Concerns that an Indian security agency was tapping the mobile phones of politicians have forced the adjournment of the country's parliament, the BBC reports.
Reports by Outlook that phone calls made by politicians, including federal agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, were being intercepted sparked angry scene in both the upper and lower houses. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Communist politician Prakash Karat, and ruling Congress party boss Digvijay Singh also had their phones tapped, The Daily Telegraph adds.
The bugging was allegedly carried out by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) intelligence agency without a court-issued warrant and at the behest of government ministers.
India's Home Minister, P Chidambaram, dismissed the reports. "No telephone tapping or eavesdropping on political leaders was authorized by the previous or present Congress-led UPA government," Chidambaram said, the Wall Street Journal reports.
However, this denial that failed to placate senior member of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who are calling for a parliamentary inquiry. Other politicians called for an update to India's outdated communication interception and surveillance laws. ®
But its ok to tap citizen's phones
Funny place, India. Politicians don't like their own phones tapped. All those shady deals and backstabbing might come out in the open and they don't want that to happen naturally.
But they are pretty gung ho about having phones of citizens tapped without even producing warrants. They authorize keyloggers for computers in cybercafes, photo IDs for browsing from cyber cafes, insist on interception facilities in cellphone switching centres...
Big Brother because he wanted it that way.
'called for an inquiry'
I bet they didn't use a pnone to make that call.
... it's always one rule for them and another for everyone else.