New Delhi: Phone tapping norms are set to become tougher. A committee led by Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar has said the Central Board Direct Taxes and the Income Tax Department should not be allowed to seek phone taps, sources have told CNN-IBN.
The committee has also recommended that the the finance ministry must first clear requests by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for phone taps.
The ED and DRI should also go through a higher level of check from within the Ministry of Finance before they ask the Home Secretary for permission to tap phones.
The Ministries of Finance and Home will now study the recommendations.