Pegasus Row: Opposition MP Protest inside Parliament premises

Parliament of India Law Insider IN
Parliament of India Law Insider IN

Shivani Pandey-

Congress, DMK and Shiv Sena MPs protested against the alleged Pegasus meddling controversy in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue within the Parliament premises on Friday.

They demanded an investigation monitored by the Supreme Court into the matter.

On Thursday, TMC MP Santanu Sen snatched the statement on Pegasus matter from Ashwini Vaishnav, Electronics and Information Technology Minister in Rajya Sabha and tore it into pieces, in the middle of the ongoing deadlock over the Pegasus issue between the Centre and Opposition.

The Opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have appeared on the leaked list of plausible targets for surveillance by an unnamed agency using Pegasus spyware.

Congress held protest marches in different states demanding a Supreme Court-monitored investigation into allegations of surveillance using Pegasus spyware.

The party has also demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.

 Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda has given a suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha on Friday on the issue of farmers’ agitation.

The suspension of business notice has been given under rule 267 of Rajya Sabha proceedings.

Another party MP B Manickam Tagore on Friday moved a motion of Adjournment of the business in Lok Sabha to discuss the ‘Pegasus Project’ media report.

“I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance namely:- that the house do discuss the recent allegations in the media of the government carrying out spying and online surveillance of several senior Opposition leaders, constitutional authorities, reporters and activists using the Israeli software Pegasus and which could have grave implications for the right to privacy of individuals guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution,” wrote the Congress MP to Lok Sabha Secretary-General.

The development surfaced after TMC MP Santanu Sen on Thursday snatched the statement on Pegasus matter from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha and tore it into pieces.

Post this incident, there was a verbal dispute between BJP and TMC MPs. Marshals intervened to bring the situation under control.

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