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Snooping row: Role of telecom service providers to be examined

Friday, 27 December 2013 - 6:41pm IST | Agency: PTI

The Commission of Inquiry, set up to probe the snoopgate, will examine the roles of telecom service providers and whether they violated existing laws in the surveillance on a young woman in Gujarat allegedly at the behest of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the Terms of Reference of the Commission of Inquiry, it will investigate if the telecom service providers complied with the laws, rules and conditions of their licence in the said instances of surveillance and interceptions of telephones relevant to the inquiry.

"It will ascertain the circumstances leading to the surveillance by way of interception of telephones or otherwise of a young woman in Gujarat in August-September 2009 or any other relevant period.

"To investigate the instances of unlawful interception of telephone calls in Himachal Pradesh and unlawful access to the call data records in the National Capital Territory of Delhi," the Terms of Reference says.

The Commission will determine if the rules of command and control, supervision and accountability in respect of the officers involved in the surveillance and interception of telephones were violated.

It will examine whether the incidence of surveillance by way of interception of telephones is borne out by the taped conversations and whether such surveillance and interception were carried out by adhering to the statutory requirements and due authorisation under law. 

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