Shiv Sena said the ‘cyberattack on the selective Indians’ could not have happened without the Centre’s approval. It questioned who will take responsibility for the snooping while demanding a probe by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC). The Sena asked the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the matter.
- The Shiv Sena said the ‘cyberattack on selective Indians’ wouldn’t have happened without the Centre’s approval.
- This report questioned who would be responsible for the snooping while calling for an investigation by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC).
- Suo moto, the Sena asked the Supreme Court to take cognizance of the matter and set up an independent inquiry committee.
The Shiv Sena fired back at the Centre on Wednesday, claiming that the alleged targeting of politicians, journalists, and constitutional authorities by Israeli spyware Pegasus is more severe than the state of emergency in the 1970s. The Sena claimed in an editorial in its newspaper Saamana that the ‘cyberattack on the selective Indians’ could not have taken place without the sanction of the Centre. It questioned who would be held accountable for the spying and demanded an investigation by a bipartisan parliamentary committee (JPC). The Sena petitioned the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of the case and appoint an independent investigation commission.
In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the party urged a JPC investigation.
The Sena referred to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in response to media reports about the use of Pegasus spyware as “surprising.” It demanded that Shah reveal who is attempting to discredit the country.
The reports were denounced by Shah as an attempt to “discredit Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.”
‘It is your government and democracy, therefore who would have had the audacity to do this?’ asked the Sena. It went on to say that anyone with money, political clout, and the will to act irrationally may do so.
The Sena said that if the incident had occurred when the Bharatiya Janata Party was in opposition, it would have requested the Prime Minister and Home Minister’s resignations. ‘Those who would have demanded resignations are now in power, and they are not even willing to hold a debate in Parliament about the problem.’