Pegasus issue resonated in Parliament, opposition attackers on NYT report
Pegasus issue resonated in Parliament, opposition attackers on NYT report

New Delhi: The issue of alleged spying from Israeli software Pegasus in the Indian state has once again heated up. The New York Times has claimed in a report that India had bought Pegasus from Israel in a defence deal in 2017. The deal was made for $2 billion during PM Modi's visit to Israel. Pegasus was developed by the Israeli company NSO. 

According to the New York Times, with the same $2 billion deal, India had also bought the Israeli software Pegasus with the missile system. It may be recalled that the issue of Pegasus was raised in July last year when a media house claimed to have spied on journalists, politicians, Union ministers and social workers. The report claimed that these were tapped 300 phone numbers through Pegasus by the central government. Among those who claimed to have a call record were former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and election strategist Prashant Kishor. In such a situation, once again when the issue of Pegasus has been raised, the opposition has attacked IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has written a letter to Speaker Om Birla seeking to bring a privilege motion against Ashwini Vaishnaw. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has accused Ashwini Vaishnaw of misleading the House and lying. He said in his letter that the government has always been saying in the House that it has nothing to do with Pegasus and did not buy the software from the NSO. But the New York Times report suggests that the government misled the House and lied to the public.

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