NewDelhi: Rahul Gandhi, the former Congress president and present Wayanad MP, claimed on Friday that the Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Shah used Pegasus spyware against the Indian state and our institutions.
“They have used it for political gains, they have used it in Karnataka and other states, they have used it as a tool to hamper investigations, they have used it against the Supreme Court, they have used it against all of this country’s democratic institutions. It is like Treason and it is the only word for it. “There is no other word for it,” Rahul Gandhi told media outside Parliament while protesting against the snooping issue.
He further stated that even “My phone was tapped.” It’s not about Rahul Gandhi’s privacy. I am an opposition leader in the house, and I raise people’s voices and this is an attack on the people’s freedom & voices. He demanded probe in the Pegasus snooping case along with the resignation of the Home Minister and inquiry against PM Modi under the guidance of Supreme Court”.
Meanwhile the govt has dismissed his allegation as baseless. BJP spoke person Rajya Vardhan Rathore said if he got the proof of phone tapping, then he must submit his phone to the concerned agencies for investigation as per the law. He further said that it was to divert attention and stall the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament in the guise of a report on Pegasus software, he said that the report was flashed just before the monsoon session of Parliament with an aim to “malign Indian democracy.”
Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi Assam’s CM Hemanta Biswa Sarma said that ‘it’s good that Rahul Gandhi has accepted that corrupt people fear PM Modi in India’ through his tweet.
The Pegasus reviews were revealed by The Wire in collaboration with 16 different international publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, and Le Monde, as media partners to an investigation conducted by Paris-based media non-profit organisation Forbidden Stories and rights organisation Amnesty International.
The investigation focuses on a leaked list of over 50,000 cellphone numbers from around the world that are thought to have been the target of surveillance by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group’s Pegasus software program. However, the Israeli company has denied all the spying charges; saying questions must be asked to the clients (buyers) not the company.