Kolkata: The CPI(M) today demanded a law
against eavesdropping of telephone conversation by central
surveillance agencies and said that alleged tapping of phones
of party General Secretary Prakash Karat and others must stop
Stating that the advanced technology was imported in 2005
to keep a tab on terrorists, an editorial in CPI(M) mouthpiece
`Ganasakti` alleged the phones of Karat, Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Congress` Dijvijay
Singh were also tapped.
"Under which law was the tapping ordered and by whom? Is
this done in a democratic country? It amounts to betrayal of
democracy," it said.
The fault of Karat, it said, was the CPI(M)`s decision to
withdraw support to the UPA government over the nuclear deal
"which would barter away India`s sovereignty".
"Therefore, the government had to know what the CPI(M)
was up to."
The mouthpiece said earlier permissions were required
from telephone exchanges or mobile phone companies for
tapping, but now it was not needed with the advancement of