Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen
Chandy on Wednesday dismissed reports that police planned to hack
e-mails of prominent leaders belonging to Muslim community,
saying it was an attempt to create communal divide in the
"It is very unfortunate that an attempt had been made to
create communal divide in the state," Chandy said here, adding
there was no directive to police to hack or gather password of
e-mails of any persons.
Describing the report in a Malayalam daily as "very
unfortunate", Chandy, however, said that the government was
not planning to take action against the newspaper.
The chief minister said what police did was part of a
routine investigation and it only sought to know the addresses
of persons whose e-mail IDs were found in the possession of
somebody facing investigation.
The daily in its report mentioned only the name of a
particular community and omitted the names of persons from
other communities, he said.
Asked whether the person under the scanner of police had
any terrorist link, Chandy said "he is under police watch".
The report had claimed that the State Home Department had
drawn up a list of as many as 258 persons for hacking their
personal e-mail accounts and the state police`s intelligence
wing SB-CID sought to obtain from the service providers the
password and log-in details of these accounts.