Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, election strategist Prashant Kishor, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, current Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnav and Prahlad Patel – these are some of the prominent names who have their own phone numbers or the phone numbers of people associated with them from spyware Pegasus (Pegasus) of the Israeli company NSO. Pegasus) could be a potential target. This claim is being made in the reports that came out during the last two days. According to the reports of Indian media portal The Wire, all these phone numbers are included in the leaked list of NSO, which was first found by French non-profit organization Forbidden Stories and which has been jointly investigated by Amnesty International and 16 media partners. Indian media portal The Wire is also involved in this investigation, done in the name of Pegasus Project.
According to a report by digital news platform The Wire, TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi were among the list of possible targets of Pegasus employee and his employee. Many family members are also involved. The Wire has also repeatedly clarified in its report that the telephone numbers of those found in the list of possible targets of Pegasus spyware are not confirmed by their investigations whether their phones can actually be hacked. . According to The Wire, to do this, all the mobile devices connected to the numbers found in the list will have to be forensic examination. But the people whose numbers have been found in the list are likely to be targets of Pegasus.
According to The Wire, two phone accounts used by Rahul Gandhi and the numbers of five of his friends and acquaintances are among Pegasus’s leaked list of 300 verified Indian phone numbers.
Employee and his family involved in accusing Ranjan Gogoi
According to the report of The Wire, number three in the list belongs to the woman who in 2019 accused the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi of physical harassment. Apart from this, the number eight is associated with the woman’s husband and his two brothers. It has been claimed in the report that in total 11 numbers related to that woman complainant and her family are included in this list.
Former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa was the only member of the three-member Election Commission to admit that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had violated the model code of conduct while campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Apart from these, several numbers related to the current Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and Prahlad Patel have also come to the fore in the report of The Wire about being included in the alleged list of Pegagus.
Journalists are among the Indian people being named as possible targets of Pegasus spyware. These include many senior journalists associated with The Indian Express.
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According to The Wire, the name of Prashant Kishor, who was working as election strategist for Mamata Banerjee’s party TMC during the election campaign of West Bengal Assembly, has also been in this list of Pegasus.
Government of India Explanation
Taking the side of the Government of India on this whole matter, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has said that all the allegations of spying on certain people by the government are baseless. There is no solid basis for them and there is no truth in them at all. In a statement issued by the government, it has been said that the government agencies follow the protocol for interception with a clear and stated purpose only in the interest of the country, which includes things like approval and monitoring of higher officials of the central and state governments.