The information came to light on Wednesday when a three-judge Supreme Court bench was hearing a 19-year-old case on phone tapping. After examining the documents, it was revealed that 6,523 phones were tapped in February, 6,819 in March and 6,742 in April.
Earlier the Deputy Attorney General had presented another report that had been prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which has suggested that 5,594 phones had been tapped across the country. The Supreme Court bench was hearing a 19-year-old suo moto case initiated in 1996.
“We cannot sweep this matter under the carpet as it concerns the rights of the people,” the judge stated. He also said that if the agency has legal authority to tap phones, then the court has no objection, but if they were violating laws, then tapping would be improper.