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Pegasus Row: Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary Panel Summons MHA, IT Officials

As the controversy over the Pegasus spyware sparking a row, Shashi Tharoor, had demanded a sitting Supreme Court Judge-led judicial probe into the matter.

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File photo of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel on Information Technology led by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has summoned the officials of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Home Affairs to appear before it at the Parliament over the alleged Pegasus snooping issue on Wednesday.

As the controversy over the Pegasus spyware sparking a row, Shashi Tharoor, had demanded a sitting Supreme Court Judge-led judicial probe into the matter.

“We have to agenda items: Citizen’s data privacy and security and cybersecurity. The ‘Pegasus Project’ issues come under these agendas. The standing committee has the right to question the government secretaries. We demand a sitting Supreme Court Judge led the judicial probe,” said Congress leader Tharoor while talking to ANI.

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On Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is in the national capital, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to call an all-party meeting to discuss the issue. She reiterated her stand and put forward her demand for probe monitored by the apex court.

The West Bengal government on July 26, formed an inquiry commission to look into Pegasus snooping row. The TMC supremo, the first state leader to begin a formal inquiry into snooping allegations, also said that the party has been waiting for the Centre to take any action and probe the Pegasus expose.

On July 18, an international media consortium reported that 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers, including two ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders besides scores of businesspersons and activists in India, could have been targeted for hacking through the Pegasus spyware of the Israeli firm NSO.

READ ALSO: Veteran Journalists N Ram, Sashi Kumar Move SC Seeking Independent Probe Into Pegasus Expose

Veteran journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar moved Supreme Court seeking an independent probe by its sitting or retired judge into the reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli spyware Pegasus.

The opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers and activists have appeared on the leaked list of a potential target for surveillance by the unidentified agency using Pegasus software. This comes following reports published by The Wire.

(With Inputs from ANI)