Kerala Chief Minister orders probe into alleged email hacking

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Tvm: Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy has ordered an investigation into the allegations regarding hacking of email ids of leaders, activists, professionals, students and journalists from the minority community in Kerala. T P Sen Kumar, ADGP – Intelligence will conduct the investigation. A release from the CM’s office said, the order was based on an expose by Madhyamam Weekly, which in its latest edition claimed that 268 email ids belonging to Muslims have been subjected to surveillance by the Special Branch of Kerala Police.

According to the news report, the SB-CID, the intelligence wing of Kerala Police, had drawn up a list of 258 persons from the community for surveillance. The list included leaders of the Indian Union Muslim League, a partner in the ruling UDF and cultural personalities. The report claimed that Police had sought passwords and login details of these accounts from various service providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Rediffmail and Asianet India, among others.

The prominent Malayalam daily alleged that it was an attempt at religious profiling. According to the exclusive report, 268 e-mail accounts have been subjected to surveillance, out of which 258 belongs to Muslims. P V Abdul Wahab, Rajya Sabha MP and more than ten Muslim media professionals working in Malayalam news dailies which were not under Muslim ownership have also found their way into the list prepared by the then Intelligence Chief. It is said that none among them had any previous criminal backgrounds and so there is no clarity as to why they were put under surveillance.

The probe was ordered after leading Muslim organisations in Kerala demanded the CM’s explanation in this issue as he is handling the Home Affairs.

Kerala IT News

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