-Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao has alleged that the Internet giant did not refrain from mentioning classified sites even after having been asked not to do so.
– The Survey of India, India’s national survey and mapping organisation under the Department of Science and Technology, is the complainant in the case. After initial probe by the Delhi Police, the case was handed over to the CBI as the investigation involved a company which is based in the US.
– Google had not taken permission from SoI before organising a mapping competition in February-March 2013 in which they asked citizens to map their neighborhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants.
– As per the National Map Policy 2005, “the responsibility for producing, maintaining and disseminating the topographic map database of the whole country, which is the foundation of all spatial data, vests with the Survey of India”.
– It was alleged that Google India had launched a nationwide contest and people might have passed on maps and other key details of strategic installations located in other cities and states to the U.S. company, the sources added.
– For SoI, it was clarified that the company never took any permission before undertaking the mapping exercise, and from national security point of view, civil and military Vital Areas, Vital Points (VPs) cannot be shown in the map/data published in public domain.