IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Pegasus controversy- There is no logical basis for allegations

New Delhi: Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Thursday said reports about alleged targeting of politicians, journalists, and constitutional officials by Israeli spyware Pegasus in the Upper House of Parliament have put several "over the top" allegations. These allegations have been rejected by all parties involved, including the top court, in the past. There is no financial basis for these allegations.

Following the statement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Shantanu Sen snatched the document from the Union minister, causing uproar in the House and later adjourning the House till Friday. Vaishnav abhorred on Monday that reports of India using spyware to infiltrate phones were nothing but 'an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.'

Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, who was delivering his maiden speech as the new minister in Parliament, said the 'more sensational story' has made many 'over the top allegations,' but 'there is no substance behind them.' Vaishnav further said, 'It is no coincidence that the report has come out a day before the monsoon session of Parliament.'

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