Hardik phone tapping case: Gujarat High Court seeks clarification from govt

Ahedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to explain why it had needed to tap the phone calls of pro-Patel reservation leader Hardik Patel in a case where he faces charges of trying to incite his community members against the state. The government is to submit its reply by December 18 in the case involving Patel and his four associates.

Hardik Patel

Concluding his submissions in the court, Patel's advocate B M Mangukia argued that the government’s stance about tapping in to the phones of his clients under the Indian Penal Code could not hold much water as police can intercept phone calls of any citizen if there is a public emergency, country’s interests were under threat, in times of communal riots or there was public
disorder.

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