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Phone Tapping & Surveillance

Digital forensic engineer and consultant Prashant Pandey

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

A case has been registered against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for alleged illegal tapping of phones of his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu in the backdrop of the cash-for-votes scam.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yashasvi Yadav(left) launching drone camera under aerial surveillance project in Lucknow.

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HRD Mnister Smriti Irani coming out of a showroom where she found a camera installed inside the changing room, at Candolim, Goa on Friday 3 April, 2015.

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Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari’s house in Delhi found bugged, say reports. Oppn wants probe, Union rural development minister himself says news “highly speculative”.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey court in London, Friday, July 4, 2014. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail for his involvement in the highly controversial phone-hacking scandal that brought down NoW.

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Picture courtesy Gulail.com which says:"Gulail has accessed about a dozen pictures of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi present at the first edition of Kutch Sharad Utsav in October 2005. In one of the pictures Modi could be seen engaged in an animated conversation with IAS Officer Pradeep Sharma and the woman architect from Bangalore whom Gulail had renamed Madhuri to protect her identity when it had released hundreds of telephonic conversations between Amit Shah and former IPS officer GL Singhal. These pictures raise a serious question mark about the credibility of the explanation put forth both by Madhuri’s father PremlalSoni and the BJP that only Premalal was known to Modi and it was he who had requested the CM to ‘take care’ of his daughter in 2009 when the illegal snooping operation was mounted. The pictures show that Modi knew Madhuri for at least five years before his state machinery mounted an illegal round the clock vigil on the young woman in August 2009. It also confirms that part of the affidavit filed by Sharma in the Supreme Court in which he had alleged that Madhurihad visited Modi when he came to inaugurate the ‘Sharad Utsav’ in October 2005. Sharma served as the collector of Kachchh district between 2003 and 2005."

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The Saheb, Madhuri aur Ghulaam Plaque: Amit Shah, for exemplary marshalling of Gujarat’s police agencies to stalk a young lady architect on behalf of his Saheb.

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Women activists protest against ‘Saheb’ in Delhi

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Activists of Ukraine's Internet party, one of them acting as a CIA agent making telephone taps, demand the American authorities stop the pursuit of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden at an action of protest near the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.

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In this picture, taken Saturday June 29, 2013, a demonstrator protests with a poster against NSA in Hanover, Germany.

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Edward Snowden Tell-all operative

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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. BJP and JD(U) demanded that the government should come out clearly on the controversy over alleged tapping of phones of prominent MPs belonging to Opposition parties, saying it was a serious matter. Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told Rajya Sabha that the government has ascertained the facts. He said Jaitley's phone wasn't tapped, there was an attempt to unauthorized access call data records.

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Major R. Vikram of 1st Signals Regiment outside official residence of Gen V K Singh, whose family claimed the officer may have been trying to bug their phone lines, in New Delhi.

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A campaigner wearing a giant mask depicting News Corporation's chairman Rupert Murdoch burns the Leveson report while another wearing a mask depicting British Prime Minister David Cameron, sits tied to a chair during a protest, calling on MPs to back reform legislation to stop any one media organisation developing a stranglehold over the British media, outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London where Lord Justice Brian Leveson is to release his report into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation to prevent phone hacking, data theft, bribery and other abuses.

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Britain's Lord Justice Brian Leveson delivers a statement following the release of the Leveson Inquiry report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London. After a yearlong inquiry full of sensational testimony, Lord Justice Leveson released his report into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation to prevent phone hacking, data theft, bribery and other abuses.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, right, arrives to give evidence to the Leveson media inquiry at the High Court in London. The Leveson inquiry is Britain's media ethics probe that was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper, which was shut in July 2011, after it became clear that the tabloid had systematically broken the law.

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Bob and Sally Dowler, parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly, arrive to give evidence at the the Leveson inquiry in London. The Leveson inquiry is Britain's media ethics probe that was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, which was shut in July after it became clear that the tabloid had systematically broken the law. Most horrific was the news that the tabloid had broken into the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler in its search for scoops.

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FILE -- Stuart Kuttner, the former managing editor of the News of the World, according to reports in London, has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police. Detectives investigating claims the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper illegally eavesdropped on the phone messages of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims have previously arrested several former executives at his News Corp. including British newspaper chief Rebekah Brooks.

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Wendi Deng, wife of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch leaves her residence in a car in central London. Wendi leapt to physically defend her husband Tuesday when a protester tried to attack him with a cream pie while he was being quizzed by British lawmakers regarding illegal activities at his papers.

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TV grab showing Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron as he makes a statement on phone hacking inside the House of Commons, in London. Cameron defended his former aide Andy Coulson, saying he believes people are innocent until proven guilty and that the phone hacking affair raised questions over the ethics and values of the police force.

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James Murdoch, left, and Rupert Murdoch, give evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in this image taken from TV in Portcullis House in central London.

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Rupert Murdoch, gives evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in this image taken from TV in Portcullis House in central London.

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James Murdoch, gives evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in this image taken from TV in Portcullis House in central London.

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in this image taken from TV in Portcullis House in central London.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in this TV image in Portcullis House in central London on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

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Committee members react after a protester, left checked shirt, named on Twitter as Jonnie Marbles, tries to throw a paper plate covered in shaving foam over Rupert Murdoch as he gave evidence to a House of Commons Committee in London, on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

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Committee members react after a protester, left checked shirt, named on Twitter as Jonnie Marbles, tries to throw a paper plate covered in shaving foam over Rupert Murdoch as he gave evidence to a House of Commons Committee in London, on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

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A man, named on Twitter as Jonnie Marbles, is led from Portcullis House in London, following an incident as Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch gave evidence before a House of Commons Committee on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

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A file photo of London's Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates standinbg outside the force's headquarters at New Scotland Yard in London. Yates resigned amid the firestorm surrounding the phone hacking scandal.

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A file photo shows Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, outside New Scotland Yard in London. London's police chief announced he had quit over his links to a former News of the World editor caught up in the phone hacking scandal.

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File photo: Former Chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks leaves a hotel in central London. Sky television sources reported that Brookes had been arrested by police investigating a phone hacking and corruption scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's British media company.

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File photo of Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, arriving at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England. Brooks has resigned from her position according to News International sources, as the company reels from a series of crises.

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News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, right, his son Lachlan Murdoch, center, a board member of Australia's Network Ten and an unidentified woman leave his residence in central London. Murdoch has an obligation to appear before lawmakers to answer questions about the phone hacking scandal at one of his newspapers, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.

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A demonstrator from Avaaz, a global campaigning group, wearing a Rupert Murdoch head, holds a puppet of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, in front of Parliament in London. Shares in British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC were barely moved by the news that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has pulled its takeover bid for the company in the face of vociferous opposition in Britain's parliament.

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In this image from BBC, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks during an interview. Brown accused Rupert Murdoch's newspapers of employing criminals to obtain confidential information about his family, his private financial affairs and the lives of ordinary people who were at "rock bottom". Brown's furious denunciation of the politically powerful News International papers came a day after questions were raised about how The Sun newspaper obtained confidential information in 2006 that Brown's infant son Fraser had cystic fibrosis.

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Rebekah Brooks Chief executive of News International leaves the residence of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch in central London. The British tabloid owned by News International, News of the World closed, following accusations of hacking into the mobile phones of various crime victims, celebrities and politicians.

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, during a press conference at 10 Downing Street, London. Prime Minister David Cameron promised a full investigation into the phone hacking and the police bribery that lead to the collapse of the News of the World tabloid, saying that British politicians had for too long looked the other way at illegal practices.

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Protesters cry out as they demonstrate against the News of the World newspaper outside News International's headquarters in London. News of the World is accused of hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians.

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Police officers remove documents from the home of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, in south London. Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and Clive Goodman, an ex-royal reporter for the News of the World tabloid were arrested, the latest to be swept up in a scandal over phone hacking and bribing police that has already toppled a newspaper and rattled the relationship between top politicians and the powerful Murdoch media empire.

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In this file photo, James Murdoch, News Corp. chief executive of Europe and Asia, speaks during the inauguration of FICCI Frames in Mumbai. News International said that it is shutting down the News of the World tabloid that is at the center of Britain's phone hacking scandal. James Murdoch, who heads the newspaper's European operations, says the 168-year-old newspaper will publish its last edition on July 10.

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A TV Grab image shows Opposition BJP members in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Reports of telephone tapping and the IPL controversy rocked the Parliament today with both Houses adjourning for the day as an agitated opposition demanded a JPC probe into the two issues.

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A TV GRAB image shows BJP Parliamentary party chairman L K Advani speaking in the Lok Sabha with the current issue of the Outlook Magazine on 'Phone Tapping' in New Delhi. Demanding a statement from the Prime Minister, senior BJP leader L K Advani recalled a press conference held on June 25, 1985 to mark 10 years of Emergency in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee spoke about phone tapping of leaders like Chandrashekhar, Jagjivan Ram, Charan Singh and journalists like Kuldeep Nayyar and Arun Shourie. He also demanded passing of a law to prevent the government from tapping phones of political leaders.

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Rashtriya Janta Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav addressing a press conference at his residence in Patna.

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Hind site The NTRO headquarters in South Delhi. The technical intelligence-gathering agency calls itself the Radio Monitoring Service.

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