Illegal tapping of phone calls violates Right to Privacy: Bombay HC sets aside interception orders issued by Home Ministry

Omkar Gokhale October 23 2019
Telephonic surveillance

In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court held that illegal tapping of phone calls violates the Right to Privacy. The Court held that interception of telephone calls is permitted only in case of Public Emergency or in the interest of Public Safety.

In doing so, the Court quashed and set aside three separate telephonic interception orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) against one Vinit Kumar, a 54-year-old businessman from Mumbai, allegedly involved in a case of bribery concerning an official of public sector . . .

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