Congress: Congress President Chidambaram slams Center over Pegasus spyware problem

The day after reports surfaced that the Center bought Israeli spyware Pegasus in 2017, Congressman Rajya Sabha and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a swipe at the Center saying now was the best time to ask Israel if it had an advanced version of the Pegasus spyware.

“The prime minister said that now is the best time to set new goals in Indo-Israeli relations. Of course, now is the best time to ask Israel if it has an advanced version of the spyware Pegasus,” the Congress leader tweeted.

In a veiled attack, the Congress leader further targeted the Center saying that if we get more sophisticated spyware before the 2024 election, India can give Israel even $4 billion.

“Last deal was $2 billion. India can do better this time. If we get more sophisticated spyware before 2024 election, we can even give them $4 billion,” the MP tweeted. Congress.

Congress again alleged on Saturday that the central government, on the issue of purchasing Pegasus software, said the Modi government had deployed it to spy on and spy on Rahul Gandhi and his staff members.

In July 2021, the names of several opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and more than 40 Indian journalists, appeared on the leaked list of potential surveillance targets by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware, according to a published report. in The Wire.

However, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had called reports of India’s use of Pegasus “baseless” and “very sensational”.

The Supreme Court, had in October last year, formed a three-member panel to oversee a technical committee made up of three members, including experts in cybersecurity, digital forensics, networks and hardware, which will investigate the Pegasus spyware case.

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