Govt can't probe into 'private' phone tapping: CM

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 April 2013 15:56 IST

Goa government has refused to probe into any private agency involved in phone tapping, without a specific complaint being made in this regard.

“I will investigate into phone tapping by a private agency only if it comes to my notice or if I receive any complaint in this regard”, said chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Replying to the question raised by Taleigao MLA Jennifer Monseratte, Parrikar assured the House that none of the 40 MLAs’ phone is being kept under surveillance by the police department.

According to the information he supplied to the House, the police has been tapping 20 mobile or landline numbers.

“They belong to all kind of criminals including those suspected to be having terror links”, said Parrikar.

Several other opposition members, including Vishwajeet Rane, Aleixo Reginald Lourenco and Vijay Sardesai wanted to know whether their phones are being tapped for “political reasons”.

“I don’t believe in tapping phones”, the CM told the House.

He also clarified that even does not have names of those 20 persons as it should be known only to the committee headed by the chief secretary.

However, when Sardesai quoted ‘India Today’ report that a consignment of almost 1000 phone tapping machines is being used in India by unauthorized agencies, Parrikar expressed ignorance.

“I will probe into it only if somebody complains”, he said.

On the contrary, the CM said the technological advancement has made anything possible nowadays.

“Where is the question of mere phone tapping when a child can make a gun through a 3D printer”, he asked the House. 

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