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We do not buy Pegasus software.  Ministry of Defense in Rajya Sabha Written reply |  No transaction with spyware maker Pegasus, says Defense Ministry in parliament

We do not buy Pegasus software. Ministry of Defense in Rajya Sabha Written reply | No transaction with spyware maker Pegasus, says Defense Ministry in parliament

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Posted: Monday Aug 9, 2021, 5:04 PM [IST]

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New Delhi: The Union Defense Ministry has said in a written response to the Rajya Sabha that it has not purchased Pegasus spyware from the Israeli NSO.

Opposition political leaders in India, including some high-level judges and journalists, have been spying on their cell phones using Pegasus software, according to a recent international investigation by 17 international media outlets.

The issue has caused great controversy in parliament.

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Parliamentary segment

Parliamentary segment

The monsoon parliamentary session will begin on July 19. The opposition parties have declared that they will not stand in the by-elections.

Charge against the central government

Charge against the central government

Many high-ranking leaders in Congress, including Rahul Gandhi, and left-wing leaders have accused the central government of being behind him. This is because the NSO provides Pegasus spyware to any country and not to individuals. Or not provided to other organizations.

Sale only to the government

Sale only to the government

So if the Pegasus had been spied on, it could have been bought by the federal government. So Rahul Gandhi keeps insisting that he clarify whether he bought the software or not. But so far the central government has not made any direct comment on the matter.

Supreme Court case

Supreme Court case

It is in this context that several people, including journalist N. Ram, are suing the Supreme Court in this regard. The case is being heard by Chief Justice NV Ramana.

Serious accusation

Serious accusation

The last time the case came to light, the Chief Justice had commented that it would be more serious if the accusation were true. It was in this context that the deputy of the Rajya Sabha Marxist Communist Party, Sivadasan, raised a question in writing in this regard. The answer has been given on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. He said that the federal Defense Ministry had not made any commercial agreements with NSO Group Technologies.

Interpretation of the Ministry of Defense in Rajya Sabha

Interpretation of the Ministry of Defense in Rajya Sabha

This is said to be the first clear response from the central government on this matter. Therefore, it is said that the arguments in this regard can be presented when the case goes to hearing in the next Supreme Court. The opposition parties have declared that they will not stand in the by-elections. So the Pegasus debate has intensified again.

Summary in English

The union defense ministry says they have not had any transactions with the technologies of the NSO Israel group, which is providing the Pegasus spyware.

Article first published: Monday, August 9, 2021, 17:04 [IST]

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