New Delhi: The secret tapping and monitoring of phone conversations has been fast catching up in the country as more than 8,000 phone connections are under the watchful eye of the state police and intelligence agencies in India. The Home Ministry has been issuing about 3,000 new orders every month for phone tapping and monitoring the e-mail accounts.

Such a violation of personal liberty of citizens in India citing sensitive and secretive reasons is a surprising phenomenon. According to the documents available with Dainik Jagran, the Home Ministry has issued more than 6,000 orders between July 1 and September 1for monitoring phone calls and mails, besides those being tapped since long.

Going by the recent statistics, intelligence agencies have been allotted 3,000 new phone connections and 714 e-mails during August- September for monitoring while they have been already engaged in monitoring 4,000 phone calls and 600 mail accounts.

The Home Ministry has formed a high level committee to supervise the process and all agencies are required to inform it of their phone tapping campaign.

However, the Information Bureau leads in phone tapping. At present, the bureau is invigilating 4,500 phone connections and 1,300 e-mail accounts and has received 2500 orders from the Home Ministry during August-September.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) which is on the second slot is eying 600 phone connections while the Narcotics Control Bureau has been tapping 175 connections, NIA nearly 15, Income tax department about 9 and CBI is tapping 9 phone connections.

The state police is not behind in carrying out the task. The Delhi Police is individually tapping 300 phone connections of which 200 orders have been newly issued whereas Andhra police is monitoring 350 phone connections, Maharashtra police 10 and Rajasthan police is tapping 8 phone connections.

(JPN/Bureau)