Government Data Surveillance – India’s Way


By Sarosh Bana

Salman Khurshid had it good in October 2012. The then Law Minister of India got away scot-free after hurling what was widely interpreted as a death threat against civil rights activist Arvind Kejriwal. Referring to Kejriwal’s threat to stage a protest in his home constituency, the now External Affairs Minister had warned, “Let them come and visit Farrukhabad; but let him also return from Farrukhabad.” He had followed this up by announcing, “I have been made the Law Minister and asked to work with the pen; I will work with the pen, but also with blood.”

It was good for Khurshid that the public and the opposition parties have relatively no voice in the country, for he could well have been prosecuted under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in jail for ‘threat to cause death or grievous hurt’. After all, as the country’s Law Minister, he could not have been unaware of that. Read More


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