Is the Pegasus espionage case linked to the Rafale probe? On Friday, the phones of two French journalists associated with Mediapart’s news journal were confirmed to have been spied on by Pegasus software. After this, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has linked the Pegasus case with the Rafale probe. After the French journalists case came to light, Chidambaram tweeted, claiming that MediaPart was the only news journal that had first reported that the Rafale case would be investigated in France. After this, Chidambaram has targeted the government and said that it is to be seen when the government changes its attitude and conducts a full debate in Parliament on the misuse of Pegasus in India.
Mediapart is the media organization that broke the story that the Rafale aircraft deal was being probed in France
Will the govt. give up its ostrich-like attitude and agree to the Opposition’s demand for a full discussion in Parliament on misuse of Pegasus spyware in India?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) July 30, 2021
target on government
At the same time, there are reports of talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett regarding Pegasus espionage. On this too, Chidambaram has targeted the Government of India on Monday. He had said that India is the only country where the government is careless on such a big issue. It is worth mentioning that after reports that Moroccan security agencies had spied on Macron’s mobile through Pegasus, he called Bennett. According to Israel’s Channel 12, in this phone call made on July 22, Macron told Bennett to ensure that the matter is taken seriously.
So does the government know everything?
The former Finance Minister has said in his tweet that the French President called the Israeli Prime Minister. Asked for full information on the misuse of Pegasus. The Israeli prime minister has also assured him. But in India the government is sitting on its hands. This is happening here because the government was fully aware of what was being spied on Pegasus. So he doesn’t need to take any information from Israel or NSO. Earlier on Sunday, the Congress leader had said that either the government should constitute a joint parliamentary committee to probe the matter. Or the Supreme Court should be requested to get the matter investigated by a sitting judge. At the same time, he had also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should issue a statement in Parliament whether espionage was done through Pegasus or not.