Pegasus spyware – Did Govt do or did not?
Unauthorized snooping using Pegasus spyware and engaging a foreign company from Israel by other democratic countries to spy on people with no criminal or terrorist or anti-country activities backgrounds is plain and simply unethical. No democracy or democratic Government will buy Pegasus because of the following reasons given below:
- You can’t make a payment to tap journalist/ political leader out of Government funds. Pegasus itself officially claims their spying software was given only to Governments to track crimes and terror.
- You can never justify tapping people with no criminal case.
- You can never be so naive so as to think that there will be no electronic trail. Now even the dumbest person knows that electronic evidence can never be wiped off.
- The company receiving payments will disclose in its tax returns, bank accounts, and balance sheets the amount of money received from clients because it has to be via cheque/ wire transfer. And it will be in the public domain in that country. So, it can’t be hidden indefinitely.
- There will always be persons handling these trappings, equipments, and software who will ultimately come out and speak after some time. The conscience of a person awakens and he starts telling the truth eventually.
- And finally, Governments and situations change. What happens then? Even after 15 years, old cases are registered, investigated and prosecution is done. So, no sane adviser will tell its leader to buy such a thing.
Now France and Israel’s Governments have ordered a probe in the Pegasus tapping scandal. In India, Narendra Modi Government is enjoying a good majority and doesn’t need to snoop or hack illegally into people having no criminal backgrounds. The Government should have used its intelligence resources in legal ways. It is shocking that the phones of Ministers were put under surveillance. It is learned that more names put under surveillance using Pegasus will be released in the days to come.
On Tuesday (July 20) former Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia who figured in the phone surveillance list demanded a three-member judge panel to probe the Pegasus scandal. Togadia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were friends who turned bitter rivals for the past 14 years. Togadia is an ultra-nationalist and not a person to be put on the snooping list.
Responding to the tapping of 40 journalists, India’s Editors’ Guild demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe. Still, the Government of India has reacted to the question of whether they purchased Pegasus spyware from Israeli firm NSO Technologies. In short Pegasus scandal, is going to be Modi’s Watergate moment?
Still, the Modi Government keeps silent. Did it or did it not?
 French prosecutor opens probe into Pegasus spyware allegations – Jul 20, 2021, Aljazeera
 Pegasus tapping hit PM Narendra Modi’s friend-turned-arch-rival Pravin Togadia – Jul 21, 2021, PGurus.com
 Is Pegasus phone tapping going to be Narendra Modi’s Watergate moment? – Jul 20, 2021, PGurus.com