Intelligence Bureau Current Affairs - 2019

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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on PIL against notification under IT Act

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central government on PIL which questioned the notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.

What was the notification?

Under the notification, the central government had empowered 10 agencies, Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (for Income Tax Department), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in service areas of J-K, North East and Assam) and Delhi Police commissioner to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system.

PIL challenges the Notification

The notification is challenged on the following grounds:

  • The notification was illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires to the law.
  • The notification gives State the right to access every communication, computer and mobile and to use it to protect the political interest and object of the present executive political party.
  • The notification was an attempt to create a surveillance state.

The PIL also sought to prohibit the agencies from initiating any criminal proceedings, enquiry or investigation against anybody under the provisions of the IT Act based on the notification. The Supreme Court issuing a notice to the central government and has asked to respond in six weeks.

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Government appoints Dineshwar Sharma as its representative in J&K

The Union Government has appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Dineshwar Sharma as its Representative (or special interlocutor) to initiate and carry forward sustained dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with all stakeholders

In his new role, he will have rank equivalent to a Cabinet Secretary and complete independence in deciding who to hold talks with.

Need

Due to prolonged anti-india protest, rising insurgency in Kashmir valley, intense counter-insurgency operation by armed forces has caused acute distress in region. There is demand from various sections for sustained political outreach to prevent radicalisation of local youth which is also topmost concern for Indian security establishment. It is seen that sustained political dialogue with all the stakeholders will have lasting solution and it will help in confidence-building measures between government, civil society and dissidents in Kashmir.

Key Facts

As Government of India’s representative, Dineshwar Sharma will likely hold talks with elected representatives, various organizations and concerned individuals in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He will have dialogue with mainstream local political workers of PDP, National Conference and Congress, heads of various religious seminaries in Valley, local student unions etc. He will try to understand legitimate aspirations of the people of the state and to know how things are panning out on ground for and against India.

Dineshwar Sharma

He is 1976 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. He has worked as mediator for talks with various insurgent groups based in Assam including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). He had worked as director of IB include from 2014 to 2016. He had served as DIG of Border Security Force (BSF) and as  IG of CRPF in charge of J&K.

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