New Delhi: The layers of the Pegasus espionage scandal are getting exposed day by day. As per new media reports, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s aide and Enforcement Directorate officials were also targeted by Israeli spyware, Pegasus. An agency has disclosed these names in the latest report on this ‘espionage’ scam.
Two phone numbers of senior Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh and the numbers of three women in his family were found on a database accessed by French non-profit Forbidden, which he shared with The Wire, Washington Post and other media outlets. Along with this, former Indian Administrative Service officer VK Jain, who worked as a personal assistant to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, was also on the target of Pegasus.
Whereas, the numbers of at least one officer each working in the PMO and NITI Aayog have also been found in the leaked records. It is worth noting that allegations are being made that people were spied around the world through Pegasus spyware. Many media organizations around the world including The Guardian, Washington Post, The Wire have disclosed about Pegasus spyware.
ED officer Rajeshwar Singh
The senior officer has been with the ED since 2009, and has, therefore, served on the probe of several sensitive cases such as the 2G spectrum scam and the Aircel-Maxis matter. Further, he has been involved in the investigation into the Sahara group and the Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s disproportionate assets case.
According to The Wire, his time on the database spans from late 2017 to mid-2019.
According to The Wire, the phone numbers of his wife and two of his sisters were also added in 2018.
IAS officer VK Jain
Former IAS officer and personal assistant to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Jain’s phone number figure in the the leaked reports in 2018. As per The Wire, Jain handled the most significant files of the state government during this period. This is also the period when he was questioned by the Delhi Police in connection with the purported assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash by two legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party.