Pegasus spyware scandal: Opposition insists JPC probe

Pegasus spyware scandal: Opposition insists JPC probe

New Delhi: Pegasus scandal has made an uproar in the Parliament, the Opposition parties have insisted the government to order a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee into the matter. 

Meanwhile, the opposition parties have decided to make a combined attack against the government over alleged snooping through Israeli spyware Pegasus on political leaders, social activists, and journalists. 

Sources said that opposition party leaders held a crucial meeting at the Parliament to discuss the strategy to take forward its tirade against the government. 

Opposition parties have insisted probe by an independent agency or a probe by JPC on the issue. 

Trinamool Congress leader Sukhendu Sekhar Ray has given notice under rule 267, seeking urgent hearing of the issue by suspending business in the Rajya Sabha for discussion on Pegasus. 

On the other hand, BJP calls Pegasus news story was the agenda to derail the monsoon session of the Parliament. BJP leaders stated that the timing of the release of the story tells that to derail the House, the news stories were published in a web portal. 

Upper House has notified the business agenda to discuss Covid management today. It has also been stated in the agenda, IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will make a statement regarding a compromise of phone data of some politicians and journalists. 

In the Lok Sabha, the opposition has disrupted the proceedings; the Speaker has adjourned the House for afternoon. The government has assured it has ready to discuss the issue. But Opposition has not ready to budge, demanded the JPC probe into the matter. 

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Opposition parties attacked the government, it has compromised with security and sovereignty of the Country by allowing foreign spyware to snoop the personal details and data of the citizens.