The state government will soon regulate private detective agencies that have mushroomed across Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra.
Home minister RR Patil told the legislative assembly on Tuesday that the state government would soon make a legal provision to make registration of detective agencies mandatory. He also assured criminal action against the heads of cell phone service providers if their company employees were found to have helped detective agencies with call records.
Patil made these disclosures in a reply to a calling-attention notice, which highlighted the practice of private detective agencies selling call records to clients.
One such firm, DS Detective Agency in Bandra, was raided recently and some persons were arrested. Mangesh Sangle of the MNS said there could be several such agencies tapping phones, risking national security and invading people's privacy in the process. Patil denied that the detective agency tapped phones.
Patil said detective agencies were not required to register with the government. However, following vehement demands, he promised to make a legal provision to make registration compulsory.
Minister of state for home Satej Patil said that the Centre was making a law to issue guidelines for private detective agencies.
“This law will fix responsibility and also decide the nature of investigation or detective work that these agencies can undertake,” he said.