BJP seeks clarification from UPA govt on phone tapping

BJP sought a clarification from UPA govt on alleged tapping of over 1 lakh phones across the country.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 12:18 PM IST

Kolkata: BJP on Tuesday sought a clarification
from the UPA government at the Centre on alleged tapping of
over one lakh telephones across the country, describing it as
a "cause of grave concern".

Stating that this amounted to misuse of power, opposition
leader in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said "The government has to
confirm that tapping is being done on consideration of
security and also state how many phones are being tapped".
"Today on the basis of a case in the Supreme Court, media
reports said that one lakh phones are being tapped in the
country", he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting
of National office-bearers of the party.

"It is a cause of grave concern...the country`s law
states that tapping can be done in extreme cases like
security considerations or in case of a serious crime",
Jaitley said.

Claiming that the alleged number of tapped phones was
higher than even in police states, Jaitley sought an
authoritative clarification from the central government on the

"The figure is so large that it is frightening and phones
are tapped simultaneously by the Centre and the states.
We would like to know the exact number of phones being tapped
and the ground on which they are being tapped", he said.
Pointing out that misuse of power was taking place ,
Jaitley said "for consequences of what is being done, it is
important that the government comes out with a clarification".

BJP leader L K Advani, party president Nitin Gadkari,
Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Chattishgarh chief
minister Raman Singh and Jaitley are here for attending the