Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has informed that it is not possible to monitor all mobile phone messages, including WhatsApp.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today informed the Rajya Sabha, "It is not possible to monitor all cellular phones including WhatsApp and messages of all the mobile holders in the country as the lawful interception can be done only by the authorized designated Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)."

"Technology development and pilot trials have been completed. Twenty Regional Monitoring Centres (RMC) out of 21 RMC and a Centralised Monitoring Centre (CMC) have been technically commissioned. The remaining one RMC and the Disaster Recovery Centre for CMC are scheduled to be commissioned by year end," Sinha said.

"Unlawful phone tapping is a punishable offense under Section 25 and 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act. The punishment for unlawful interception is an imprisonment for a term, which may extend to 3 years or with fine or with both," Sinha added.

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