On Tuesday, the Congress over the Pegasus snooping controversy demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. The proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament were interrupted by the opposition parties. Opposition members demanded a thorough probe into the charges of snooping on journalists, politicians, ministers, judges, and others using Israeli Pegasus spyware.
Several political party leaders met before the start of proceedings in both houses of Parliament, and several of them had also given adjournment notices in both houses demanding a discussion on the issue.
Shaktisinh Gohil, the Congress spokesperson, said that the government should tell whether it has purchased the Pegasus spyware or not and hold a joint parliamentary probe. He also mentioned that they had given adjournment notices in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to hold a discussion on the violation of national security and the fundamental rights under the Constitution over the phone tapping issue. Gohil also added that the party demands that the government should order a joint parliamentary committee probe into the snooping and phone tapping issue.
On Monday, the government rejected allegations of snooping on politicians, journalists, and others using Pegasus software in Lok Sabha. The government asserted that illegal surveillance was not possible with checks and balances in the country’s laws, and alleged that attempts were being made to malign Indian democracy.
On Sunday it was reported that over 300 verified mobile phone numbers, which includes numbers of two ministers, 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, and one sitting judge could have been targeted for hacking through the spyware.