Rahul Gandhi’s Call For Pegasus Court Inquiry Rejected By Centre

Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah of using the Pegasus spyware against India and its institutions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were accused by Rahul Gandhi for using the Pegasus spyware against India and its institutions. “The only word for this is treason,” the Congress leader said, demanding a Supreme Court monitored probe. He also demanded the resignation of the Home Minister.

“We have clarified everything in the spyware case. There is no issue for any probe. Those who are making allegations are political failures and they have no other issue,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar told NDTV.

“I am not a ‘potential target’. My phone is tapped, it is clearly tapped. Not only this phone, all my phones are tapped,” the Congress leader told reporters near parliament, where his party and other opposition parties have raised loud protests on the “snooping” scandal.

“Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon and that weapon is supposed to be used against terrorists. The prime minister and the home minister have used this weapon against the Indian state and our institutions. They have used it politically, they have used it in Karnataka..,” he told reporters.

It was revealed that Rahul Gandhi has been on the list of potential targets on NSO’s spyware Pegasus, which is sold only to governments.

Also read: Anil Ambani On Latest List Of Potential Pegasus Targets

The phone numbers of opposition leaders, businessman Anil Ambani, two union ministers, a former CBI chief, a virologist and 40 journalists are on the list of 300 phones from India.

“I am not afraid. I don’t get intimidated. In this country, if you are corrupt and a thief, you will be afraid. If you are neither of those, you have nothing to be afraid of,” the Congress leader added.

Mr Gandhi, also stressed that only governments can access the spyware. “The main question is that has the government not paid for this? Can you buy Pegasus? Can I buy Pegasus? Only a government can buy Pegasus. The Prime Minister’s signature, or at least the Home Minister’s signature, is needed for it. The military of a nation cannot buy Pegasus,” he added.

However, the government has denied all allegations.


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