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Pralhad Joshi terms Margaret Alva's snooping allegation as 'childish'

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 July 2022, 13:13 IST
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi.

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday termed the Opposition's Vice Presidential candidate Margaret Alva's allegations of phone tapping as "childish". Joshi further said that she is a senior person and she should not make such allegations.

"Why should anybody tap her phone? Let her call anybody, we are confident about what the result of the VP election will be. Why should we do this? These are childish allegations. She's a senior person and she should not make such allegations," he said.

Alva on Tuesday alleged that the conversations between the politicians across party lines in 'new' India are being heard.

She levelled snooping charges despite the Delhi Police issuing an advisory of the spate in cyber frauds through misuse of the MTNL's name and logo, the Delhi Police on Tuesday alerted mobile customers against WhatsApp messages received on the pretext of KYC updation.

Apparently referring to the current ruling dispensation at the Centre, Alva termed the BJP government at the centre as a 'Big Brother' who is always watching and listening to the conversation of the politicians.

Alva urged government-owned telecom operator MTNL to restore her phone while promising not make any call to any MP from the BJP, TMC or BJD.

"Dear BSNL/ MTNL, after speaking to some friends in the BJP today, all calls to my mobile are being diverted and I am unable to make or receive calls. If you restore the phone. I promise not to call any MP from the BJP, TMC or BJD tonight," she said in a tweet.

"The fear that 'Big Brother' is always watching and listening permeates all conversations between politicians across party lines in 'new' India. MPs and leaders of parties carry multiple phones, frequently change numbers and talk in hushed whispers when they meet. Fear kills democracy," she added.

Alva also shared a post having a communication from Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) which said her MTNL KYC had been suspended and her SIM card would be blocked within 24 hours.

Earlier, Delhi Police had warned the citizen against a WhatsApp message that misuses MTNL's name and logo.

The police said it is another form of KYC scam. The message has MTNL e-KYC Ltd written on top with 'Important Notice' below in brackets.

The image in the message reads: "Dear customer your MTNL SIM Card Aadhaar e-KYC has been suspended. Your SIM card will be blocked immediately."

It is followed by a customer care number. There's also an address of CGO Complex with a PIN number and signature of the alleged official to make the message look authentic.

"AND Beware! There is a sharp spike in fraudulent incidents wherein @MTNLOfficial's name & logo are being used to commit cyber fraud. Mobile customers receive WhatsApp messages from miscreants on the pretext of KYC updation to retrieve confidential information," reads the message from Delhi Police on its Twitter handle.

The Delhi Police also shared tips for people to be vigilant of such scams asking people not to share their personal information, don't click on unverified links, don't download any apps and MTNL does not carry out KYC verification over WhatsApp.


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First published: 26 July 2022, 13:13 IST