Updated: July 20, 2021 9:00:08 am
The names of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa appeared on a second list of possible targets of an alleged surveillance operation using the Pegasus spyware.
Incidentally, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s own name popped up in this list just hours after he rejected allegations that the spyware may have been used to snoop on politicians, journalists and others. Digital news platform The Wire also named his Cabinet colleague Prahlad Singh Patel, an aide of Union minister Smriti Irani, and an associate of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.
On Pegasus reports, Union Home Minister Amit Shah smelled an international conspiracy to “humiliate India”. “…Aap Chronology Samajhiye! This is a report by the disrupters for the obstructers.”
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