A day after National Investigation Agency (NIA) and anti-terrorism squad, in a joint operation, busted the ISIS terror module in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter to hail the efforts by the investigative agency. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Mr Jaitley congratulated the NIA for cracking the dangerous terrorist module and later hit out at the Opposition parties in the light of the accusations of 'snooping' made on the Modi government, after the Ministry of Home Affairs gave ten central agencies the power to 'intercept and monitor' information on computer devices.
Here are the tweets:
Lashing out at the Opposition, Finance Minister later posted multiple questions asking 'would this crackdown be possible without the interception of electronic communication':
Further adding that 'national security and sovereignty are paramount' in his next tweet, Mr Jaitley said that life and personal liberty will only survive in a strong democratic nation and not in a terrorist dominated state.
Earlier speaking in the Rajya Sabha on December 21 following the accusations by the Opposition over the 'snooping controversy', the Finance Minister had said, "It will be better if opposition members get some details correct regarding this order. It's nothing new. We have seen agencies have rights to intercept in the past also. In Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, there are provisions. These orders of authorization have been repeated from time to time."
The government has cited Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 to claim that there is a provision to allow agencies to intercept information for the national security. The act states:
"Central Government or a State Government or any of its officers can direct any agency to intercept or decrypt any information for the purpose of national security."
Meanwhile, NIA is going to seek 30 days custody of the ISIS-inspired terror suspects after the arrest.
After a massive day-long operation at 16 locations across Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday held a news briefing where the agency revealed shocking facts, figures, recoveries and names who plotted a terrifying attack on the country.