Shashi Tharoor Says We Demand Supreme Court Judge-Led Judicial Probe


Pegasus Row: Demand Supreme Court-Led Judicial Probe, Says Shashi Tharoor

“The standing committee has the right to question government secretaries,” Shashi Tharoor stated

New Delhi:

As the controversy over the Pegasus spyware and adware sparking row, Congress MP and chairperson of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology Shashi Tharoor on Friday demanded a sitting Supreme Court judge-led judicial probe into the matter.

“We have two agenda items: Citizen’s data privacy and security and cybersecurity. This ”Pegasus Project” issue comes under these agendas. The standing committee has the right to question government secretaries. We demand a sitting Supreme Court judge-led judicial probe,” Shashi Tharoor instructed ANI.

Earlier right this moment, Congress, DMK and Shiv Sena MPs protested towards the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy in entrance of the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises.

The protesting MPs demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe on this matter. The MPs carried banners with the slogan “#Pegausus Snoop Gate”.

Attacking the Centre, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi stated Pegasus spyware and adware is an Israeli labeled weapon that the federal government has used towards the establishments of the nation.

“Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon and that weapon is supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used this against the Indian state and against our institutions,” stated Rahul Gandhi.

“They have used it politically…They have used it in Karnataka. They have used it to scuttle probes. They have used it against Supreme Court… They have used it against all the institutions of this country. The only word for this is treason. There is no other word for this,” added the Congress chief.

On Thursday, TMC MP Santanu Sen snatched the assertion on Pegasus matter from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha and tore it into items, amid the continuing standoff over the Pegasus difficulty between the Centre and Opposition.

The Opposition has alleged that names of a number of Indian politicians, journalists, legal professionals, and activists have appeared on the leaked record of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified company utilizing Pegasus spyware and adware. This comes following experiences revealed in The Wire.


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