West Bengal first state to order inquiry in Pegasus fiasco

Various Indian politicians, activists and journalists were allegedly targeted using Pegasus spyware software.

The government of West Bengal has ordered an inquiry into the Pegasus racket. CM Mamata Banarjee, on Monday, announced the formation of a commission to investigate the matter, becoming the first state to do so. The snooping fiasco has shaken the Indian politics since July 18.

Before her scheduled visit to Delhi where she will meet PM Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee said, “The Cabinet has approved the appointment of a commission of inquiry that comprises former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retd) MB Lokur and Justice (retd) Jyotirmay Bhattacharya — former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.”

The West Bengal CM said that the commission has been set up under section 3 of the Inquiry Act (1952) that deals with matters related with illegal hacking and monitoring of smartphones of the state’s people. 

The Pegasus snoop-gate came into limelight last Sunday just before the beginning of the current monsoon session of Parliament. Various global media outlets including India’s The Wire reported that many Indian politicians, activists and journalists were targeted with phone hacking.

BJP’s counter attack on Mamata

Although various democracies including France launched a probe into the matter, Indian government has shown no intention of doing so. On the contrary, the BJP is counter attacking West Bengal, saying that it was just a political gimmick of the Mamata Banerjee.

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