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Congress needs to remember its own legacy of ‘snooping’ before lying about Home Ministry’s order

Congress's attack on the Modi government over digital surveillance proved to be just another of their hollow propaganda to mislead the public and create mistrust.

The Congress party has lately been using the ‘snooping orders’ issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs as their new tool to slander the BJP government.

On December 20, the government of India issued a notification in the Gazette of India, which seems to give ten investigating agencies sweeping powers to snoop on any computer device.

Compelled by its impulse to castigate the BJP at every given opportunity, Congress, impetuously jumped at a conclusion without doing any homework on the issue. Lying blatantly on the Home Ministry’s decision, they said that India is being turned into a police state by this order.

In a comprehensive report, we had established that the allegations and the outrage regarding the recent ‘snooping’ orders were futile and yet another nefarious attempt by the Congress to malign the ruling government. We verified that the MHA has not issued any new order, rather they had reiterated an order which was already there in the law books for the last decade.

According to section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the authorities will be allowed to intercept any information transmitted through any computer device only in cases of threat to integrity and security of the country, a threat to law and order and incitement to any cognizable offense. This is not a general snooping on all citizens as Congress party and others are alleging.

The order also cites Information Technology Rules, 2009, which were brought in when Congress itself was in power.

Meanwhile, reports have now emerged, which would leave the Congress party quite flustered. Perhaps Congress should now think of getting their information straight before making a mockery out of themselves by spreading lies that are so easily caught.

A reply to RTI query in 2013 has revealed that almost 9,000 orders for interception of phones and 500 emails were issued every month during the UPA rule.

The RTI was filed by one Prosenjit Mondal and the response was given by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 6, 2013.

The RTI reply states, “On an average, between 7,500 to 9,000 orders for interception of telephones and 300 to 500 orders for interception of emails are issued by Central Government per month whereas.”

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, took this opportunity to call out at Congress’ hypocritical standards by tweeting,

This is not the first time the Congress is found guilty of maliciously lying to further its rhetorics. The party has even scored self-goals many times in the past in its hurry to attack the NDA government.

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