Hundreds of black-clad protesters armed with bamboo poles and baseball bats fought with police officers wielding batons on a main road following a march against "smart lampposts" that was sparked by surveillance fears.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's announcement comes after disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who later turned rebel, accused H D Kumaraswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao also issued notice to the agency and sought its response on the plea which contended that such activities are "very dangerous for the country".
According to the government's notification, 10 central probe and snoop agencies are now empowered under the Information Technology (IT) Act for computer interception and analysis, Ministry of Home Affairs officials said.
The government has said it has authorised 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt all the data contained in "any" computer system and asserted that this was being done to prevent "any unauthorised use of these powers".
The government authorised 10 central probe and snoop agencies for the purposes of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource under.