On Thursday, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has strongly defended a recent order of the central government, which is to monitor all computers as he praises the NIA (National Investigation Agency) for the arrest of 10-members of an ISIS-influenced group, who were accused of planning a terror attack.
Mr. Jaitley tweets, “Well done NIA for cracking the dangerous terrorist module.”
“Would this crackdown of the terrorist module by NIA have been possible without interception of electronic communications?” added the senior minister.
Congress along with other opposition parties have formed a grand alliance and attacked the central government’s order, which empowers 10 agencies to intercept and monitor data in computers and even permission to seize devices.
Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi tweets, “It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians what an insecure dictator you really are.” Mr. Jaitley claims that the government’s order was under a 2009 rule and oppositions are “making a mountain where even a molehill doesn’t exist.”
Today, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “Were the maximum intercepts done during the UPA Government? Surely George Orwell was not born in May 2014.”
He continued that sovereignty and national security are “paramount” and added that “Life and personal liberty will survive only in a strong democratic nation – not in a terrorist dominated State.”
On Wednesday, NIA said that it had detained a group led by cleric operating in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, which was planning suicide attacks in India’s vital installations and VIPs. The terrorist outfit further planned to strike at Delhi Police headquarters and the local office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on January 26, Republic Day, reports sources. Ten accused people were detained.
Mr. Jaitley had put out a strong defense, which was termed by many as the government’s “big brother” order last week. Earlier, only Home Ministry has the authority to scan calls and emails of people. Now the same power has been offered to the NIA, Narcotics Control Bureau, Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Delhi Police Commissioner, and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.