Intelligence Reforms In India Needed Opines Praveen Dalal

PRAVEEN-DALAL-MANAGING-PARTNER-OF-PERRY4LAW-CEO-PTLBIntelligence agencies of India have been operating in an unaccountable manner in India since the very inception. However, this type of conduct is not permissible in a constitutional and democratic country like India.

Despite various constitutional limitations, successive governments in India have been using intelligence agencies of India for their personal and private purposes that also without any parliamentary oversight.

A dedicated discussion forum titled Intelligence agencies and law enforcement technology in India has been managed by New Delhi based techno legal think tank Perry4Law Organisation. A dedicated discussion group on intelligence related techno legal issues has also been launched at LinkedIn by Perry4Law law firm.

These initiatives have shown that government of India is not at all interested in bringing transparency and accountability to the intelligence agencies of India. According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of Perry4Law and CEO of PTLB, intelligence agencies reforms in India are urgently needed.

Experts also believe that Indian government must also ensure privacy rights to Indian citizens. Recently telecom company Vodafone revealed that governments across the world, including India, have been using secret wires to indulge in e-surveillance upon its citizens. The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is already investigating this issue but till a public report is issued by it very soon, the entire exercise would be time gaining exercise only believe experts.

Let us hope that the Modi government would improve the condition of Indian intelligence agencies and ensure accountability and transparency in their functioning.

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