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Pegasus Expose: Shashi Tharoor-Led Parliamentary Panel on IT to Meet on July 28

New Delhi: Amid the recent row over the alleged phone tapping of prominent personalities including journalists in India using Israel’s Pegasus spyware, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT), headed by Shashi Tharoor, could look into the disclosures.

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Shashi Tharoor (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Amid the recent row over the alleged phone tapping of prominent personalities including journalists in India using Israel’s Pegasus spyware, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Shashi Tharoor, could look into the disclosures.

As per recent reports, the panel has called for a meeting on July 28 to discuss the subject Citizens’ data privacy and security. The committee has asked officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Communications to hear their views on the ‘Pegasus Project’ as well.

On July 18, an international media consortium reported that more than 300 verified mobile phone numbers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, two serving ministers and one sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists in India might have been targeted for hacking.

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However, the government has dismissed the allegations, stating they have “no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever”.

Meanwhile, Congress has demanded a through independent probe into the snooping scandal.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has also alleged that PM Modi and the Home Minister Amit Shah are both invalided in the Pegasus scandal.

He also demanded that the Home Minister should resign from his position before the probe takes place on the above-mentioned matter.

“PM and HM are involved in snooping on Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, journalists & even Union ministers,” LoP in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said on Pegasus report.

“Before a probe, Amit Shah sahab should resign and an inquiry should be conducted against Modi sahab,” Kharge added.

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In response, Amit Shah come out and said the matter was being amplified by few people with the sole purpose of humiliating the country.

He then went on to assert that Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s main priority is “national welfare”.

“People have often associated this phrase with me in lighter vein but today I want to seriously say – the timing of the selective leaks, the disruptions…Aap Chronology Samajhiye!” Shah said in a statement.