Intensifying her attack on the Modi government over the alleged hacking of phones of opposition leaders and journalists using Pegasus spyware, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that the government had put her meetings with poll strategist Prashant Kishor under surveillance.
“I told you that few days back I was in a meeting with Prashant Kishor and some others. They (government) have cloned the meeting. Prashant Kishor got his phone audited and came to know that one of our meetings was known to them (government) through Pegasus spyware,” Mamata Banerjee alleged at a press conference.
On Sunday, an international media consortium reported that over 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including of two ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders besides scores of businesspersons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through the Pegasus spyware.
The reports immediately triggered a political uproar in the country with the Opposition raising the matter prominently in Parliament on the first day of the ongoing Monsoon Session.
On Monday, the government categorically rejected in the Lok Sabha allegations of snooping on politicians, journalists and others using Pegasus software.
It asserted that illegal surveillance was not possible with checks and balances in the country’s laws, and alleged that attempts were being made to malign Indian democracy.