In a petition filed by Mukesh Gupta, an IPS Officer from Chattisgarh, the Supreme Court observed that the order, by the Chattisgarh State Government as informed by Senior Counsel Mahesh Jethmalani representing the petitioner, to tap his phone, was in violation of his Right to Privacy.
The Supreme Court went to the extents of exerting remarks like, "What is happening in this country? Is there no privacy left anymore?" and "What is this you are doing? This reflects badly on the State."
In the petition, Mukesh Gupta, who was the Director-General of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW), has alleged persistent persecution by the State machinery supposedly at the behest of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Senior IAS Officer Anil Tuteja. However, the Court had agreed to strike off the name of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was also arrayed as one of the respondents in the case
The petition also states that Gupta was instrumental in unearthing two of the most significant economic offences during his tenure as the head of the EOW - the Nagrik Aapurti Nigam scam and the Alok Agarwal case. The former scam concerned large scale corruption on the part of officers and employees of the State Civil Supplies Corporation, while the Alok Agarwal case pertained to corruption by an Executive Engineer of the Irrigation Department.
The Court questioned Senior Counsel Neeraj Kishan Kaul, arguing for the State of Chhattisgarh, as to which officer had ordered the tapping of Gupta's phone. Kaul attempted to make a case in defence of the tapping, but the Court sought for an affidavit to be filed on the issue as to why the step of tapping of an IPS officer's phone was required.
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