NPCC shocked over ‘illegal’ snooping

DIMAPUR, JUL 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/22/2021 12:54:24 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed deep shock at the “unconstitutional” and “illegal” hacking of cell phones of country’s prominent personalities, including Rahul Gandhi and his office staff.

Holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for spying on India’s security forces, judiciary, cabinet ministers, opposition leaders, journalists and other activists through a foreign entity’s spyware, NPCC president K Therie in a press release accused him of committing treason and an inexcusable breach of national security.

He also demanded sacking of Union home minister Amit Shah immediately for his alleged failure to uphold provisions of the Constitution of India, which he had sworn to uphold.

According to Therie, the tapping scandal was a blatant reflection of loss of ideas and wisdom of the BJP government, which had to stoop so low as to snoop for others’ ideas. It was also an exposure of the BJP’s greed for power that knew no bounds, he added. He alleged that the BJP had indulged in EVM fraud in past elections, adding that a clearer picture was now emerging on the secret behind the party’s success.  He said spyware Pegasus was reportedly deployed to hack cell phones in the run-up to the 2019 general elections in the country.

Claiming that it was the declared policy of NSO, author of Pegasus, that all its products were sold to “government agencies to combat terrorism and other serious crimes”, Therie accused the BJP government of totally misusing this tool to infringe on civil liberties of individuals by covertly accessing their personal data and turning their mobile phones into listening devices.


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