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Mamata meets Modi, seeks SC-monitored probe into Pegasus scandal

Speaking to media persons after her meeting with Prime Minister Modi at his residence, Mamata said, "Hope he (the Prime Minister) holds another all-party meeting to discuss the Pegasus scandal."

Mamata meets Modi seek SC-monitored probe into Pegasus scandal-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 27, 2021, 5:46 PM IST
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A day after instituting a probe into the Pegasus spyware scandal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should convene an all-party meet to discuss the Pegasus issue and decide on ordering a Supreme Court-led probe into the matter.

Speaking to media persons after her meeting with Prime Minister Modi at his residence, Mamata said, "Hope he (the Prime Minister) holds another all-party meeting to discuss the Pegasus scandal."

The Pegasus scandal reportedly involves opposition leaders, two union ministers and 40 journalists who identified as potential targets of surveillance using Pegasus spyware. The Opposition wants the government to come clean on the issue as the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group -- the developers of Pegasus -- gave the spyware's access only to "vetted government law enforcement agencies."

The government, meanwhile, has rubbished the allegations as an attempt to defame the country and questioned the timing of the snooping reports coinciding with the start of the Monsoon session of Parliament.

Mamata had on Monday ordered a probe by former Supreme Court judges to investigate reports that many Bengal leaders, including her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, were targeted.

Asked about her interaction with the Prime Minister, Mamata said she discussed the Covid-19 situation and sought more vaccines and medicines for the state.

Terming her interaction as a courtesy meeting, the Trinamool Congress chief also touched upon the pending issue of changing the name of the state. 

Mamata, who is on a three-day visit to New Delhi, will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. The West Bengal chief will meet her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.

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