Monday, July 19, 2021

Madhya Pradesh: Cops used Pegasus in Koregaon Bhima case, says Digvijaya Singh



SYNOPSIS

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh on Monday told TOI that Pegasus was used by police in the Koregaon Bhima case, and even his name had surfaced, but he couldn’t be implicated because he had stopped using the phone that was mentioned in the ‘Naxalite letter’.

Former chief minister and Congress Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh addressing a press conference in Bhopal on Monday

BHOPAL: Congress 

Rajya Sabha

 MP 

Digvijaya

 Singh on Monday told TOI that 

Pegasus

 was used by police in the Koregaon Bhima case, and even his name had surfaced, but he couldn’t be implicated because he had stopped using the phone that was mentioned in the ‘Naxalite letter’.


“It is important that evidence collected through the spyware Pegasus be made public because it not only hacks phones, but can also be used to plant documents, messages, videos and audios to falsely implicate people,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said.



According to Digvijaya, his phone number, too, was mentioned in a letter between 

Naxalites

. “I was not on 

WhatsApp

 on the number they mentioned in the letter from one Naxalite to another. There was a case registered against me in Pune. But fortunately for me, I had stopped using that phone for a long time. So I could not be implicated,” he said.


Earlier in the day, he tweeted how he had questioned the government on Pegasus during a Rajya Sabha debate in December 2019.



During the debate, Digvijaya had asked then Union minister for communications 

Ravi Shankar Prasad

 whether the Indian government had “negotiated and executed any deal with the Israeli company 

NSO

 that has developed the spyware Pegasus”.


“After this (debate in Rajya Sabha), I wrote to the minister, requesting him to reveal the list of people whose phones were hacked, sent to him by WhatsApp. I am yet to receive any reply,” he tweeted on Monday.


In another tweet, he said, “Questions asked to the government in Rajya Sabha in December 2019 session are still unanswered. Will Amit Shah ji inform us? I don’t think he will. Because they are the ones to blame.”


https://m.timesofindia.com/city/bhopal/madhya-pradesh-cops-used-pegasus-in-koregaon-bhima-case-says-digvijaya-singh/amp_articleshow/84574439.cms

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