Pegasus snooping: Shah seeks proof, Congress dares govt to say in House it didn’t use spyware

Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday objected to Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi’s allegation in Lok Sabha on the use of Pegasus spyware to snoop on politicians and journalists, asking the opposition lawmaker to show proof.

Shah said that either Gogoi should submit proof to back his allegation or his words be removed from record. He said: “He (Gogoi) has levelled a serious allegation. He claims that Pegasus is installed on his phone. He should present the evidence in Parliament. He cannot say such words. Either these words be removed, or he should present evidence.”

“The Parliament is for serious discussions and not for political accusations,” Shah said as soon as Gogoi made the allegation during a discussion on the problem of drug abuse in the country, according to Hindustan Times report. To this, Gogoi said if he has made a mistake, the government should say that it has not used Pegasus.

“You snoop on us, install Pegasus on our phones and reporters. How many drug mafias have been arrested on the basis of Pegasus. The surveillance that you mount on us… How many drug mafias have been caught on the basis of surveillance?” Gogoi said.

The Union Home Minister, however, reiterated “He (Gogoi) has said (Pegasus was) used on him. He must submit facts. He can’t just talk like that. The rest has been decided by the Supreme Court,” Shah said, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision on the issue.

The Pegasus spyware is licensed to governments around the world by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group. The Congress lawmaker’s remark was in the context of an investigation by 80 journalists from 16 international news organisations, including The Wire, which revealed how Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used to target over 300 mobile phone numbers in India, according to a Wire report. These included the phones of two serving ministers in the Narendra Modi government, three Opposition leaders, one constitutional authority, and several human rights activists, lawyers, dissidents from across the country and journalists, reported the portal.

NSO Group, however, insists that it sells the software only to “vetted governments” with good human-rights records and that Pegasus is intended to target criminals, according to Scroll.

However, following the uproar made by opposition leaders and a set of rights activists and lawyers, the Supreme Court had appointed an expert committee to look into the allegations. The top said in August that some malware was found on five of the 29 phones that the panel examined. However, it was not clear whether the malware was Pegasus.

Interestingly, the judges then also took note of a finding by the panel that the Centre did not cooperate with the inquiry.


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