Delhi HC asks Centre, Bengal to reply to Mukul's phonetapping charge
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (PTI): The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Union government and West Bengal to reply to the allegation by Mukul Roy, the Trinamool leader who has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, that his phones were being tapped by the state police.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Centre, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool government and Roy's telecom service providers to state in a sealed cover whether Roy is being monitored or his calls intercepted by any of the agencies.
The court said that, if this is being done, the reason has to be filed a 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 a court in West Bengal.
Roy, who was a Trinamool member of the Rajya Sabha before he switched to the BJP on November 3, had alleged that, while he was in the state, he had found that the police were monitoring his movements.
Roy had sought a direction to his telecom service providers to produce orders, if any, issued by the Centre or the state to intercept telegraphic messages originating from or received by the leader or any of his relatives.