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'Only they can authorise': Rahul seeks judicial probe against PM, HM in Pegasus scandal

Calling for Amit Shah's resignation, Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister and the home minister had used spyware originally meant to track down terrorists against its own citizens, the Indian State and against its institutions.

Rahul seeks judicial probe against PM Modi, Amit Shah in Pegasus scandal-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 23, 2021, 11:57 AM IST
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has sought a Supreme Court-monitored judicial enquiry against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in connection with the Pegasus snooping row. 

Speaking to media persons outside Parliament, the Wayanad MP said that nobody other than the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister could have authorised snooping of people using the Pegasus software.

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Calling for Amit Shah's resignation, Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister and the home minister had used spyware originally meant to track down terrorists against its own citizens, the Indian State and against its institutions.

Claiming that even his phone had been tapped, the Congress MP termed the use of Pegasus as an attack against the voice of the people.

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According to findings of the media outlets that examined the data submitted by Paris-based journalism non-profit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, Rahul Gandhi's name was among potential targets on a leaked database of clients of Israeli company NSO's spyware Pegasus. 

Besides Rahul. Reports suggested that two Union ministers, opposition leaders, industrialist Anil Ambani, a former CBI chief, a virologist and 40 journalists were on the list of 300 potential targets of the spyware. 

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The government has squarely denied any involvement with the NSO Group or any use of the Pegasus software.

It has also made a statement in Parliament, questioning the timing of the release of the scandal just ahead of the Parliament session.

In fact, Home Minister Amit Shah termed the Pegasus scandal report as one that was made by the disrupters for the obstructers. 

Disrupters are global organisations that do not like India progressing. Obstructers are political players in India who do not want India to progress, he said.

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