Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), however, did not speak much in details about US diplomat summoned by New Delhi. (JPN/Agencies)
Terming the reports of spying as ‘extremely disconcerting’, the Ministry of External Affairs earlier on Tuesday said that if these are true, the matter will be taken up with US as it was ‘totally unacceptable’ that an Indian organization or Indian individual's privacy was transgressed upon.
"When information trickled down to us, the issue was raised with US, both in India as well as in Washington with the ‘concerned authorities’,” MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
"We will follow the same process because it is totally unacceptable that an Indian organization, Indian individual's privacy is transgressed upon, if that is correct. At this stage I have not seen these reports. But our view is pretty clear that it is extremely disconcerting that privacy laws in India are undermined whether it is individuals or organizations," he added.
Significantly, US currently has an interim ambassador Kathleen Stephens, who came to New Delhi after former US envoy Nancy Powell resigned from her post.
India also noted that it had raised the issue with US administration in Washington and the embassy in the national capital in July and November last year when reports emerged that NSA had spied upon individuals and entities.
The MEA also said that it was still ‘awaiting a response from America on this’ issue.
India had reacted sharply when the reports of snooping by NSA came to light after revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year.
The BJP figures in the list of foreign political parties along with Lebanon's Amal, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the Pakistan Peoples Party on whom the NSA was given permission to carry out surveillance, says the document made public on Monday by a leading US media house.
The document lists 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions and other entities that were part of a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
"These are the entities about which the NSA may conduct surveillance for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence," the paper had said, citing documents provided to it by Snowden.
Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), however, did not speak much in details about US diplomat summoned by New Delhi.