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CBI to go domestic, drops plan of imports

CBI has dropped its plan to import Lawful Interception Monitoring (LIM) equipment for tapping after a state-run telecom research and development centre offered its system to the probe agency.

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) gave a proposal for linking the CBI to the indigenously developed Central Monitoring System (CMS) by February 15.

CMS is a Rs 400-crore homegrown spying system through which any intelligence or police force that is a Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) can track any mode of communication including landline, satellite phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP, also known as Internet telephony.

Telecom Secretary M F Farooqui asked C-DOT to expedite connecting CBI with the CMS facility by February 15 with Delhi’s Licensed Service Areas (LSA), according to an internal note of the Department of Telecommunication(DoT).
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