Leaders not safe, what about us?
With the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, having become the target of corporate espionage, how safe is the aam aadmi from such nefarious activities? As fresh arrests are made in the Jaitley call detail record (CDR) case, with three persons from Delhi police itself and three private detectives held for their alleged roles in the matter, the abysmal state of affairs has once again come to the fore. Clearly, as the police officers claim, this is a widespread and high-level conspiracy, with players and actors much bigger than the tiny fries caught in the net. Moreover, the web of deceit indicates a circuit in which private companies and corporations, bureaucrats in the government, officers in the Delhi police as well as private detectives are all involved in carrying out extensive illegal surveillance of the senior BJP leader’s and well as about 50 others’ phone transactions, aiming to extract sensitive information that the political figures had been privy to. Evidently, the menace of electronic spying has raised its ugly head and spread its tentacles to have even the high and mighty under its monstrous grip. Obviously, the persons who have been held are just the tip of the iceberg, with investigating officers themselves claiming that the kingpin of the CDR racket is still at large and it’s a mammoth conspiracy operating at multiple levels of reach, influence and hierarchy.
The one thing that the latest arrests confirm is that of corporate involvement in this chain of moles who eavesdrop at our private conversations. Given the pusillanimous response that India had given when the details of the NSA-driven US surveillance on our top political leaders and government heads had surfaced, there is little hope that these new batch of revelations will be acted upon or measures to tackle the snoop terrorists would be taken. While our ministers are hell bent on espousing internet censures, with more curbs on the right to free expression, political or cultural, on social and other media, it’s regrettable that such blatant attacks on individual and organisational privacy are shrugged off as routine hiccups. The offence under consideration is that of criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and breach of security and the government must take harsh measures to find out who are behind these shenanigans.