New Delhi: Congress leaders Manickam Tagore and Manish Tewari on Monday handed an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the ‘Pegasus Project’ issue.
“It should be noted that this kind of surveillance classifies as hacking, which is what a spyware does and it would very much qualify as ‘unauthorised interception’ or hacking as per Information Technology Act, 2000,” Tewari said in his notice.
The Congress leader also added that since the government has “not categorically denied” the official use of the spyware, he wants to raise the issue in the house.
Yesterday, Communist Marxist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas said snooping on journalists, activists, politicians and Constitutional functionaries by the Israeli spyware Pegasus is a total violation of fundamental rights of individuals while claiming that the central government has not cared to investigate the issue.
Furthermore, Brittas also approached the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into reports of the central government using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on journalists, activists and politicians.
The Opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have appeared on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware. This comes following reports published in The Wire.