The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, sought the response of the Central government in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking a direction to the Centre to stop collection of citizens' data through NATGRID, Central Monitoring System and Netra. (Centre for Public Interest Litigation vs UOI).Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) argued that actions of government flew in the face of the Supreme Court judgment in KS Puttaswamy case. ."This is an alarming state of affairs..The three systems destroy everything said by the Supreme Court in Puttaswamy and PUCL," Bhushan submitted. .A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Centre to file its affidavit in the plea, but refused to pass any interim direction seeking details of the data collected till date. .Bhushan argued that collectively, NATGRID, Central Monitoring System (CMs) and Netra create a 360° surveillance on citizens, including judges of High Courts and the Supreme Court. ."All internet traffic, all emails, communications sent through the internet can be seen by the government," he claimed. .He added that the data collected by the government included the details of one's bank account, transactions, travel history etc. .With respect to the practice of "phone tapping", Bhushan claimed that presently, as many 7,500-9,000 permissions are granted each month in a routine manner while the Review Committee sits once every two months. .Relying on Puttaswamy, Bhushan argued that the government is not entitled to know these details about a citizen unless it is legally authorised to do so, there is a specific objective behind it and when it satisfies the principles of proportionality. .The matter will be heard next on January 7.