There is no privacy left for anyone, what is happening, asks SC
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed concern over the telephone intervention of a senior IPS official and his daughters, allegedly by the government, and asked how you can 'infringe the privacy of citizens that way'. “There is no privacy left for anyone. What is happening in the country? Said a bank of judges Arun Mishra and said while listening to a plea from top IPS official Mukesh Gupta challenging the state government's decision to touch his mobile phone, along with those of his relatives and a lawyer friend.
The bank ordered the state government to submit an affidavit before Friday to explain the decision on tapping and the purpose behind it. Lead attorney Mahesh Jetmalani, who appeared for the IPS officer, said state authorities were also intervening on the phones of his two daughters, a driver and a lawyer friend against whom a FIR had also been registered.
He said that Chhattisgarh police had come to arrest lawyer Ravi Sharma and filed a false FIR. With the exception of taking action against the lawyer, the SC bank maintained the FIR and ordered that no coercive measures be taken against him. The bank also extended the provisional order granted to the officer. The court said it is a shocking revelation that an IPS officer's phone was being watched.
“Every day something is happening. What is the need for this? There is no privacy left for anyone. In this case, it is happening against a high IPS official. Can someone's privacy be violated? ”Said the court.
He also asked all parties not to politicize the issue, since the prime minister has been a party to the case. Lead attorney Neeraj Kishan Kaul, who appeared for the state, told the bank that there is much to be said against the officer's conduct and he will say so in the affidavit.
Gupta, who was DGP of the State Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Economic Crimes Wing, was removed in September of this year. He alleged that he was being prosecuted by state machinery in a suicide case in 2001 in which he was given two clean strokes.