As security agencies try to track down off-the-air phone tapping equipment in private hands, the government has told police and intelligence agencies to pack up their devices too.
Security agencies have identified about 2,000 cases of the equipment — capable of intercepting any mobile call made or received within a certain radius of its location — that have been imported.
The Intelligence Bureau —set out to check the antecedents of buyers — has almost completed its survey and will submit its report to the home ministry.
The government had restricted private sector from importing the passive interception device after a controversy over its alleged misuse by security agencies. But the leakage of the Radia tapes brought the focus back on the technology that was beyond the reach of law.