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SC judge calls for vigilance against mobile phone crimes

Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court recently said the courts must remain vigilant against the use of mobile phones for criminal and terrorist activity.

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2012 1:17:08 am

Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court recently said the courts must remain vigilant against the use of mobile phones for criminal and terrorist activity.

Kabir said the courts needed to “educate” themselves about how mobile phones can be used for criminal purposes. The IT Act,which allows the government to monitor the use of mobile phones to protect public order,has been used little in the courts.

“There will come a time when we will have to educate ourselves with the technology…. Mobile phones can be used for good. They can also be used for bad. Terrorists use mobile phones,” he said at the launch of a book on the regulation of mobile-phone use. The Evidence Act and the Indian Penal Code had also been amended to cover offences on the internet and place limits on online activity.

“ After the IT Act of 200 and 2008,there have been amendments and changes that have made the law much more amenable to the people at large,” Kabir said.

Justice A K Sikri of the Delhi High Court noted that police had solved crimes by monitoring call details. “Investigating agencies have to make use of mobile technologies,” he said.

Pavan Duggal,author of Mobile Law,the book released,said the government had been unable to effectively enforce the IT Act,which also covers mobile phones.

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