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Controversy continues over Pegasus espionage scandal, uproar in Parliament reaches Supreme Court

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Controversy continues over Pegasus espionage scandal, uproar in Parliament reaches Supreme Court

New Delhi: The uproar in Parliament over the Pegasus espionage scandal continues. At the same time, now Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will talk to the government and opposition leaders in an attempt to end the deadlock in Parliament.

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The demand for investigation into the Pegasus espionage case has reached the Supreme Court. The country’s highest court has considered this issue to be affecting the freedom of citizens and it has been decided that the petition will be heard.

Meanwhile, the uproar in Parliament over the espionage scandal continues. At the same time, now Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will talk to the government and opposition leaders in an attempt to end the deadlock in Parliament.

So far, opposition members have been giving adjournment notices in both houses of Parliament to allow discussion on the Pegasus espionage case, which the Speaker is rejecting. Today (July 30) was the 10th day of the proceedings of the Monsoon session, which became a ruckus.

Hearing in first week of August

Now this matter has reached the Supreme Court. Considering the espionage scandal as an issue affecting the freedom of citizens, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition filed on it. CJI NV Ramana has agreed to hear the petition in the first week of August.

Why can’t the government order an inquiry?

The opposition is besieging the government from all sides on the espionage case. Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for setting up an inquiry panel on the espionage case and asked that if the French government can order an investigation, why not the Indian government?

Monsoon session started on 19th July

Significantly, the monsoon session started on July 19, but the ruckus of the espionage scandal has remained the reason for the deadlock from day one. Data leaks in international media claimed that more than 300 Indian mobile phone numbers were on the potential list for surveillance using Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO.

At the same time, opposition parties on this issue say that until the government is not ready to discuss the Pegasus espionage issue, the deadlock in Parliament will not end.

Not only Pegasus issue: Parliamentary Affairs Minister

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi after the adjournment of the House said that when the Communications Minister made a detailed statement on the issue in both the Houses, the opposition could have sought clarification on it.
If the opposition parties want, they can still seek clarification from the communication regarding their statement on this issue. He said that Pegasus is not a dispute and the government is ready to discuss issues related to the people.

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