Congress will raise Pegasus issue again in Parliament and push for a debate.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, welcomed the Supreme Court's order of constituting an independent expert committee to look into the Pegasus snooping allegation, saying, "Pegasus is an attempt to crush Indian democracy... I am confident that we will get the truth out of this."
"During the last Parliament session, we raised the Pegasus issue. Today, the Supreme Court has given its opinion and supported what we (Congress) were saying. We were asking three questions - who authorised Pegasus?, Who was it used against? Did any other country have access to information of our people?" Gandhi said.
The Congress leader further added that the Congress will raise the Pegasus issue again in Parliament and push for a debate. He even exuded confidence that the BJP will not like to have a debate on the matter.
Gandhi also alleged that, "Pegasus can only be ordered by a government and either the Prime Minister or the Home Minister had given the go-ahead."
He even demanded to know "If the PM of the nation colluded with another nation to attack its own citizens - including the Chief Justice, former PMs and other Chief Ministers, leaders of opposition parties, then this is an attack on the nation."
Gandhi also questioned if the Prime Minister and the Home Minister were getting the data obtained through use of Pegasus. "If the data of phone tapping of Election Commission, CEC & Opposition leaders is going to the PM, then it's a criminal act," he added.
The independent expert committee to probe Pegasus snooping allegation will comprise of three members and will be headed by former judge of the apex court, Justice RV Ravindran.
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The apex court has asked the committee to examine the allegations expeditiously and place a report before it. The committee has got time of eight weeks after which the apex court will hear the matter.
"The Committee has been formed to probe the falsity and discover truth in Pegasus row. Right to Privacy violation needs to be examined. There is serious concern of foreign agency involvement by surveilling Indians," the Court said.