The opposition parties are constantly attacking the central government regarding the Pegasus espionage case. West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the espionage case. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has also demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the matter. On Monday, there was uproar in both the houses of Parliament over the issue.
Demand for investigation under the supervision of Supreme Court
Tharoor, while demanding a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the Pegasus case, indicated that the opposition would continue to disrupt Parliament’s proceedings until the issue was discussed. Tharoor alleged, “It seems that the government has used public money to spy for its political health.” Talking to reporters in the Parliament complex, Tharoor said, “We want the government to discuss the issue of Pegasus, but they are not ready.” We say that if the government is not ready (for discussion) on this and does not answer our questions, then we cannot allow the proceedings of Parliament.
Mamta announces judicial inquiry
Earlier on Monday, Mamta Banerjee announced a judicial inquiry into the Pegasus case. Mamta said, ‘We have constituted the commission under the leadership of former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur and former Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. This commission will investigate illegal hacking, monitoring, surveillance, phone recording etc. There is also an allegation of spying in the Pegasus case of CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, besides Mamta’s political advisor Prashant Kishor is also named in the possible list of espionage. West Bengal has become the first state to order a judicial inquiry into the espionage case.
Opposition holds meeting on Pegasus in Kharge’s chamber
The leaders of the opposition parties held a meeting on Monday regarding the same matter and insisted that the matter should be discussed in Parliament. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has given adjournment notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Pegasus issue and said that Question Hour, Zero Hour and other business should be suspended and the matter should be discussed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister. needed.
Uproar in both houses
On Monday, opposition MPs created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the issue of Pegasus and agricultural laws. Due to this, the proceedings of the house had to be adjourned at least 3 times, later due to the uproar, the house had to be adjourned till Tuesday. There was uproar in the Rajya Sabha also over this issue. The proceedings of the House have also been adjourned till Tuesday.
What is Pegasus detective scandal?
The Pegasus espionage scandal came to light a day before the start of the monsoon session of the House. It is alleged that the phones of more than 300 celebrities were allegedly hacked in India through Pegasus software of Israeli company NSO. These include many journalists including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnav and Prahlad Singh Patel, former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and election strategist Prashant Kishor.
Shashi Tharoor and Mamata Banerjee (File photo)
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