Interceptions which are private should be kept out

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Telecom Ministry on a petition for a direction to frame guidelines for telephone tapping without infringing on the right to privacy of citizens.

A Bench of Justice G. S. Singhvi and Justice A. K. Ganguly issued notice on the public interest litigation petition filed by advocate Ravinder Kumar, seeking direction that interceptions which were purely private in nature should be kept out of the ambit of tapping.

The Bench directed the matter to be tagged with the petition filed by industrialist Ratan Tata, which alleged that publication of his private conversations with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia tapes had infringed his right to privacy.

Mr. Ravindra Kumar in his petition said that there should be general guidelines and regulations for recording conversations concerning the safety and security of the country. At the same time personal conversations that would infringe on right to privacy of individuals should not be subjected to tapping, he said.

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