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Pegasus row: BJP rejects Congress’ allegations on cellphone tapping stories, says ‘no shred of proof’ to hyperlink it with govt

Senior BJP chief Ravi Shankar Prasad stated the allegations made by the Opposition celebration have been bereft of political propriety and a brand new low in political discourse

File picture of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. ANI

Countering the criticism by the Opposition Monday over a report on using Israeli Pegasus spy ware, Union Home Minister Amit Shah questioned ‘the timing of the selective leaks’ forward of the Monsoon Session of Parliament and referred to as the findings of the collaborative challenge a “report by the disrupters for the obstructers”.

Alleging that the report was timed to trigger disruption in Parliament proceedings, Shah used a phrase his critics have usually used to focus on him: “Aap chronology samjhiye (understand the chronology).”

Shah, in a press launch on Monday, stated, “People have often associated this phrase with me in lighter vein but today I want to seriously say — the timing of the selective leaks, the disruptions. Aap Chronology Samajhiye! This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers.”

In a hard-hitting assertion, Shah stated that the report concerning the alleged snooping has been amplified by just a few whose solely goal is to do no matter is feasible to humiliate India on the world stage.

“This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers. Disrupters are global organisations that do not like India to progress. Obstructers are political players in India who do not want India to progress. People of India are very good at understanding this chronology and connection,” he stated.

Shah’s feedback added to a snowballing scandal of spy ware allegedly used to hack telephones between 2017 and 2019. Among the names on the checklist of potential targets of snooping is Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress chief Abhishek Banerjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor. Two union ministers, Prahlad Patel and Ashwini Vaishnaw, are additionally on the checklist.

BJP hits again

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday slammed the Congress over its assault on the Central authorities over the Pegasus snooping row, and claimed that there’s not a “shred of evidence” to hyperlink both the ruling celebration or the Narendra Modi dispensation with the matter.

Addressing a press convention, senior BJP chief Ravi Shankar Prasad additionally questioned the credentials of these behind the story, alleging that The Wire, the information portal which broke it in India, had been earlier related to tales which have been discovered to be “incorrect” whereas Amnesty International has a declared “anti-India” agenda in some ways.

Those who broke the story themselves stated that the presence of a specific quantity within the database doesn’t verify that it’s contaminated with Pegasus, he stated whereas questioning the timing of the story coming because it did a day earlier than Parliament’s Monsoon session started on Monday.

He additionally brushed apart a query on the Congress’ calls for for Home Minister Amit Shah’ resignation and probe towards Modi, and accused the Opposition celebration of hitting a “new low” in making baseless allegations in a way that was bereft of any political propriety.

With the Congress “shrinking and losing”, your entire row is timed to disrupt Parliament and construct a baseless agenda, he stated.

Prasad stated, “The BJP strongly refutes and condemns the baseless and bereft of political propriety comments levelled by Congress against the BJP. This is a new low in the political discourse of a party that has ruled India for over 50 years.”

He added, “Our IT Minister confirmed today that for lawful interceptions of electronic communication can only be made as per relevant rules under provisions of Sec 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 & Sec 69 of Information Technology Act 2000. Any form of illegal surveillance isn’t possible with checks & balances in our laws and robust institutions,” he stated.

The report has been printed by The Wire information portal from India as additionally 16 different worldwide publications together with Washington Post, The Guardian and Le Monde, as media companions to an investigation performed by Paris-based media non-profit organisation Forbidden Stories and rights group Amnesty International right into a leaked checklist of greater than 50,000 cellphone numbers from internationally which can be believed to have been the goal of surveillance via Pegasus software program of Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group.

Congress accuses govt of ‘treason’

Opposition events sharpened their assault on the federal government over the alleged phone-tapping of outstanding personalities within the nation utilizing Israeli Pegasus spy ware and demanded an impartial judicial or parliamentary committee probe.

Accusing the federal government of “treason” and compromising on nationwide safety over the Pegasus spy ware subject, the Congress demanded on Monday motion towards Shah and a probe into the “role of prime minister” in your entire matter.

Addressing a joint press convention with different celebration leaders, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated the Congress will take all Opposition events on-board over the difficulty and resolve on whether or not to ask for a judicial or parliamentary probe within the matter.

“The person responsible for deployment of this illegal spyware Pegasus is no less than the home minister, who must be sacked,” he stated. “Our first demand is the immediate sacking of Minister of Home and Internal security Amit Shah and a probe into the role of the prime minister in the matter.”

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge seconded the demand.

With inputs from PTI

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