New Delhi: 10 central agencies empowered to intercept telephones - NATGRID next year


Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi (SP) 

New Delhi, Dec 2: The union government has given ten central agencies the power to intercept telephones. These agencies include Central Bureau of Investigation, enforcement directorate and the Intelligence Bureau. 

The agencies will get more teeth with the expected commissioning of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), a powerful intelligence gathering mechanism meant to tackle terror threats, by the end of 2020. NATGRID happens to be a project undertaken at an expenditure of Rs 3,400 crore. It was cleared when P Chidambaram was the home minister. A need for such a mechanism was felt after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The project that was limping was given impetus by current union home minister Amit Shah who recently held a meeting to review progress of this project.


Home minister Amit Shah

NATGRID will be able to pool date on immigration entry and exit, telecom, individual tax payers, people undertaking air travel, credit card and financial transactions including banking, train travellers and others and provide intelligence information. 

Minister of state for home, G Kishen Reddy, had recently said that central or state government enjoy the power to intercept, monitor or decrypt or cause to be intercepted or monitored any information emanating from any computer resource or internet in the interests of the sovereignity and integrity of the country. He had said that this power is vested as per section 69 of Information Technology Act, 2000. 

The power to intercept information have to be approved either by the union home secretary or home secretary of the state, Reddy had said in a written reply to a question. The agencies which have this authority are Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Narcotics Control Bureau, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, National Investigation Agency, Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence and Delhi police commissioner. The home ministry has clarified that the power to intercept is in consonance with the provisions law, rules and standard operating procedures. 

When information shared on WhatsApp by people and agencies had been intercepted by using Israeli software, it was alleged that the government had approved this interception. The home ministry had dismissed the allegations and termed them as false, besides seeking information from the company. 

The intelligence agencies found that movement of US terror suspect, David Headley's movements in the country had not come to the fore for lack of real time information system. Headly reportedly had provided information and videos of terror targets in the country to Laskhar-e-Toiba, which engineered 26/11 attacks. 

NATGRID will have its data recovery centre at Bengaluru and its headquarters at New Delhi is expected to be completed shortly.

  

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    We saw Laugjing Budha is actual n natural laugh
    But above.....

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    It's not terrorism...main reason is to interrupt or hack from Congress and other parties co versation and interrupt no BJP supporters conversation and Twitter accounts... Shah what you have done lady election also same thing..

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Now the growth will slow down even more..., when all agencies policing behind business community..., and thus potentially use such info to harrass..., a section of the targeted strata of society ..., to meet political ends....!!!!

    Bureacrats freedom to take decision will be curtailed...., Hindustan is seemingly finished... unless he/she is made to align with a particular ideology...!!!

    Long live..., SS/NCP/INC aliance.....!!!

    jh
    jai hind..,

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    First investigate Justice Loya's muder case! You and Modi will be behind bars for life term. You both will pay dearly for your misdeeds done on Indian Citizens. When you point finger at others...Mota Bhai there are not one not two but three fingers are pointing back to you. Gujju's think they can buy anthing for money!

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    "It was cleared when P Chidambaram was the home minister. A need for such a mechanism was felt after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. " Good that the UPA Project is being carried forward.

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    what ever you do .....
    but failed to give 15lac...!!!

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    First Agencies should intercept all communication of Mota bhai, How Judge Loya died, how is Son become multi millionaire without doing any hardwork or book value business, Why Sanjeev bhat is in jail without proper trial.Mota bhai days will come then there is no one will listen to you

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    "10 central agencies empowered to intercept telephones National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID)"
    There should not be any limitation and must do their duty irrespective of any political party.(including BJP members)
    Yeddeurappa has escaped (political horse trading 15 MLA's)

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Nab the terrorists who had killed Hiren Pandya
    And also Jailed Sanjiv Bhat.

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  • Sameer Sheikh, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    When will central agencies intercept phones of motu and his son chhota bheem to find out how 50,000 turnover became 70 crores in a span of 1 year? 🤑🤑🤑

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    The PM , the Home Minister must also come under the purview of this mechanism.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    this tool will be mainly used for Oppostion Parties!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Earlier these two were also involved in Snooping ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Good ..to prevent terrorism we need this.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    No GST for Dreaming ...

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    Hope your neighbour are always happy .
    Do you go behind cows at night .

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  • Edward Menezes, Shirva/Oman

    Mon, Dec 2 2019

    We have some great personalities in India and what ever they say we have to listen but don't know till when, am sure good time will come,and at least some Educated people will rule this country.

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