Call Tapping by Investigating agencies allowed If Person Indulges in Crime: HC
Investigating agencies can intercept phone calls of a person if there is sufficient material to justify that he or she is involved in anti-social activities, the Delhi High Court said today.
The court dismissed the plea of an accused involved in drug trafficking cases challenging the city government's decision to tap his mobile phone six years back.
Haji Usman, the accused, contended interception of telephonic conversations between him and his family members was in violation of his right to privacy guaranteed under the Constitution.
After going through all the records produced by the police, Justice S Muralidhar said proper procedure had been followed by the authorities while intercepting his calls.
"The respondents (probe agencies) have to only show that there was sufficient material on record which formed the basis to intercept the said mobile number. That burden has been discharged by them," the court said.
Haji contended in his petition that he is being tried for minor offences in a lower court and the inference drawn by the police that he was indulging in anti-national activities was wholly without basis.