The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the seizure of mobile phones and laptops by the investigating agencies during the investigation. On Tuesday, the apex court ordered the central government to make guidelines in this regard. The Supreme Court described this method of investigating agencies as very dangerous. The court said that the power to seize digital devices during investigation is not only dangerous, but it also affects the privacy of people. The Supreme Court directed the Central Government to issue guidelines regarding this within four weeks.
The bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia is hearing two petitions. One of these petitions has been filed by the Foundation for Media Professionals. In this petition, a demand has been made from the Central Government to issue guidelines for confiscation of digital devices. The lawyer appearing for the petitioner said that this issue is very important because there are no guidelines as to when and why the investigating agencies will seize electronic devices.
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These media professionals, their own sources
During the hearing of the case, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the Central Government, said that there are some people who have repeatedly committed crimes or are anti-national elements who can steal important data. The government is taking steps regarding this. This requires some time. On this the court said that these are media professionals. They have their own sources and other information too. If you take everything, then there will be a problem.
This country cannot be run by agencies alone
The top court said that there should be some guidelines for this. This country cannot be run by agencies alone. The government should issue a guideline that protects the interests of both parties. On this, the Additional Solicitor General said that we will talk on all legal aspects. Let us tell you that the Supreme Court postponed the next hearing to December.
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