• Pegasus Scandal: Congress Attacks Govt, Demands Probe By Joint Parliamentary Committee

    Congress demanded the government to order a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the controversy of snooping and phone tapping.

    The Congress on Tuesday demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the use of the Pegasus hacking software.

    The opposition party stalled proceedings regarding the issue in both houses of Parliament and demanded a thorough probe into the charges of snooping on journalists, politicians, ministers, judges, and other using Israeli Pegasus spyware.

    Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil asked the Government to tell clearly whether it has purchased the Pegasus spyware or not and hold a joint parliamentary probe.

    “We had given adjournment notices in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to hold a discussion on the violation of national security and the fundamental rights under the Constitution over the phone tapping issue,” said Gohil.

    He further said that the party’s demand is that the Centre should order a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the controversy of snooping and phone tapping.

    “The minister, who was trying to create confusion on the matter should answer clearly whether the government has bought the Pegasus spyware or not. If yes, then the government should order a joint parliamentary committee probe to investigate the entire matter,” Gohil added.

    The government rejected the allegations of snooping on politicians, journalists and others using Pegasus software on Monday in Lok Sabha. Alleging that such attempts were being made to malign Indian democracy, the centre asserted that illegal surveillance was not possible with checks and balances in the country’s laws.

    It is to be mentioned that, prosecutors in Paris said that they had opened a probe into allegations that Moroccan intelligence services used the Israeli malware Pegasus to spy on several French journalists.

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