NEW DELHI, August 26, 2022 (TBINN)

With a Supreme Court-appointed panel stating the Centre did not co-operate in the Pegasus Probe, the Congress on Thursday alleged that the government by its action has made it clear that it used the Israeli spyware to weaken democracy.

Everybody knows this weapon was used and it dented democracy. This weapon is against the law and Constitution. How can they, the government, give the answer. Sometimes not giving an answer is also an answer, the government has made it clear by not giving answers that they used Pegasus against democracy, Congress’ spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said.

By staying silent the government has made it clear that it used the Pegasus spyware against Rahul Gandhi, other Opposition leaders, scientists, election commissioner, registrar of the Supreme Court, civil society activists and senior journalists, he said at a press conference at the A.I.C.C. headquarters.

I hope the Supreme Court will treat this not giving of an answer as an answer and take strict action against the government in this matter. We have been asking from day one why did the government use Pegasus and under what law, he repeated.

A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, after perusing the report submitted by former apex court Justice R.V. Raveendran, said on Thursday that one thing (the) committee has said that the Government of India has not co-operated.

The Supreme Court-appointed panels probing the unauthorised use of Pegasus found some kind of malware in five mobile phones out of the 29 examined, but it could not be concluded that it was due to the Israeli spyware. Congress’ spokesperson Vallabh questioned, a weapon which is used against terrorists and enemy state people, was used by the government to weaken democracy, executive and the judiciary. That is a weapon to give a dent to our democracy and Constitution, he said.

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