The alleged attempt to access call details of BJP leader Arun Jaitley led to unruly scenes in the Rajya Sabha as Opposition members raised slogans demanding explanation from the Home Minister.
As soon as the House met for the day,Naresh Agarwal of the SP raised the matter,terming it a serious issue,and demanded a reply from the government. Amid din,BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded that Shinde should tell the names of individuals whose numbers are being tapped. He said such an act amounts to breach of privilege. He was joined by CPIs D Raja and members from the BSP. Shivanand Tiwari of the JD(U) also condemned the incident.
MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said,The police are examining the matter… people have been arrested and the Leader of the Opposition is aware of it.
Amid commotion,Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House for five minutes. When it reassembled,Agarwal insisted Shinde make a statement. Shinde then said a statement had been made by Shukla on government s behalf.
Decline in cyber fraud: Sibal
Cases of internet fraud involving ATM debit and credit cards have witnessed a decline over the last three years but the amount peddled in such transactions has increased,the government said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. According to the Reserve Bank of India,the number of fraud cases as reported by banks on account of ATM debit cards/credit cards/internet have decreased from 15,018 in the calendar year 2010 to 8,322 in the calendar year 2012, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour. However,the amount involved had increased from Rs 4048.94 lakh in 2010 to Rs 5266.95 lakhs in 2012,he said.