New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in his scathing remarks, criticised the BJP-led government at the Centre and rebuked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue of Pegasus expose. Rahul, on Friday, alleged that senior BJP leaders used the Pegasus spyware to scuttle probes, which was designed by Israel as a weapon against terrorists.
“Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used it to scuttle probes. This is treason,” Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader said on Pegasus spyware on Friday.
Hinting at the suspicions of toppling the Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka back in 2019, Rahul said that PM Modi and Amit Shah may have used Pegasus against all institutions of the country including the Supreme Court. The phone numbers of then Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and personal secretaries of chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former CM Siddaramaiah were on the potential list of targets for surveillance in the run-up to the JDS-Congress government’s fall in July 2019, The Wire reported on July 20.
“They have used it politically…They have used it in Karnataka. They have used it to scuttle probes. They have used it against Supreme Court… They have used it against all the institutions of this country. The only word for this is treason. There is no other word for this,” added the Congress leader.
Earlier today, Congress, DMK and Shiv Sena MPs protested against the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises on Friday. The protesting MPs demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe in this matter. The MPs carried banners with the slogan “#Pegausus Snoop Gate”.
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.
(With Inputs from ANI)