Centre rejects court inquiry demand
Millennium Post Delhi|July 24, 2021
Both Houses adjourned for day, TMC MP suspended

NEW DELHI: Even though the first week of the Monsoon Session was completely washed away over the alleged ‘Pegasus snooping’ controversy, the government on Friday rejected Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a court-monitored inquiry into alleged surveillance of several journalists, politicians, businessmen, and others in public life using the Pegasus spyware, which is sold by the Israeli NSO Group.

Clearing the government’s stand, Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar said, “We have clarified everything in the spyware case. There is no issue for any probe. Those who are making allegations are political failures and they have no other issue.”

Earlier, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the government had claimed that in the past, similar claims were made regarding the use of the software by the Centre and those reports also had no factual basis and were categorically denied by all parties, including WhatsApp in the Supreme Court.

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