PM Modi, Amit Shah should clarify on Pegasus spying issue: Sena
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah should clarify the issue of alleged snooping of several people, including journalists, through the Israeli spyware Pegasus. This shows the country's ''government and administration are weak'', Raut told reporters in New Delhi.
''There is an atmosphere of fear among people. The PM and Home Minister should address the issue and clarify,'' the Rajya Sabha member said.
An international media consortium on Sunday reported that more than 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders, and one sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through the Israeli spyware sold only to government agencies.
The government, however, dismissed allegations of any kind of surveillance on its part on specific people, saying it ''has no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever''.
''There was a phone tapping issue in Maharashtra which was raised by state Congress chief Nana Patole. Senior police officials were involved and a probe into it is underway. But in this case, a foreign company is listening to phone calls of our people, especially journalists. This is a serious matter,'' the Sena's chief spokesperson said.
''I will not be surprised if Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's phone is also being tapped,'' he said.
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