SC issues notice to Centre on plea against its power to surveil under law

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on a plea challenging the validity of the State’s power of surveillance under the Telegraph and the Information Technology Acts.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to the Centre, the ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Communications on the petition field by a human rights body People’s Union for Civil Liberties, which alleged that the law is “misused/abused rampantly” by the Government.

The petition, filed through lawyer Sanjay Parikh, has urged the court to declare certain provisions under the Indian Telegraph Act and the Information Technology Act, which grant power of surveillance to the Government, as violative of the Constitution. (AGENCIES)