PEGASUS ROW: CPI LAWMAKER FILES PRIVILEGE MOTION AGAINST ASHWINI VAISHNAW

Communist Party of India (CPI) Member of Parliament Binoy Viswam has filed a privilege motion against Union information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for allegedly misleading the House with his statements over the alleged use of Pegasus in light of a New York Times report saying India purchased the Israeli-origin spyware in 2017.

This comes as Congress’s Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday seeking a privilege motion against Vaishnaw for “deliberately misleading the House on the Pegasus issue”. The Opposition has attacked the government over the alleged spyware use following the New York Times report.

In his notice, Viswam said despite the government’s “repeated attempts at hiding the truth, numerous pieces of evidence have been made public” regarding its purchase of the spyware. “The New York Times report is the latest on the list. As a matter concerning grave allegations of snooping that violate Constitutional rights and safeguards, the Minister’s deliberate attempt to mislead the Members of Parliament constitutes a breach of privilege,” Viswam said in the notice, a copy of which HT has seen.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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