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Delhi HC Notice to Centre, West Bengal Govt on Mukul Roy's Phone Tapping Complaint

Delhi HC asks Centre, WB govt to file reply in sealed cover in two weeks on whether Mukul Roy is being monitored or his calls are being intercepted.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:November 20, 2017, 3:20 PM IST
Delhi HC Notice to Centre, West Bengal Govt on Mukul Roy's Phone Tapping Complaint
File photo of BJP leader Mukul Roy.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Centre and the West Bengal government to file in a sealed cover their responses on a plea by BJP leader Mukul Roy alleging that his phones were being tapped by the state police.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Centre, state government and Roy's telecom service providers -- MTNL and Vodafone to file their affidavits stating whether Roy is being monitored or his calls are intercepted by any of the agencies. The court said if this is being done, then also file the reason in sealed cover.

The court asked them to file their affidavit in two weeks and listed the matter for December 7.

During the hearing, counsel for the Centre and the West Bengal government opposed the petition saying if at all any cause of action arises, it should be at the court in West Bengal.

The former Trinamool Congress MP had alleged on November 17 that while he was in West Bengal, he had always found that the local police were monitoring his movements.

Speaking to News18, Mukul Roy had said, “For the last two months, I am suspecting that my four mobile phones and one landline are being tapped. My movements were constantly tracked during my stay in Kolkata, Delhi and in Gujarat. Mobile phones of my friends and other political leaders who are close to me are also tapped.”

Hinting at Kolkata Police, he said, “Even Trinamool Congress leaders are also under scanner and state agencies are tapping their phones.”

Roy, who left his old party to join the BJP earlier this month, had sought direction to his telecom service providers to produce before the court orders, if any, issued by the Centre or the state government to intercept telegraphic messages originating from or received by the leader or any of his relatives.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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