West Bengal orders judicial probe into Pegasus leaks

Centre hasn't declared an inquiry into the matter.


West Bengal: West Bengal government ordered judicial probe into the ‘Pegasus Project’ leaks. It is the fist inquiry by a government in India on the matter.

The decision to form a panel, with retired judges as its members, was taken at a special cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister during the day.

"We thought the Centre would form an inquiry commission or a court-monitored probe would be ordered to look into this phone-hacking incident. But the Centre is sitting idle... So we decided to form a ‘commission on inquiry' to look into the matter," she said at a press conference here.

The two-member commission will be headed by former Calcutta High court Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya. Former Supreme Court judge Madan Bhimrao Lokur is its other member.

"Names of people from West Bengal have figured on the Pegasus target list. The Centre is trying to snoop on everyone. The commission will find out details about this illegal hacking," the CM added.

A massive political row erupted in the country and other parts of the globe after media reports claimed that the Pegasus spyware was used to infiltrate phones and conduct surveillance on political leaders, government officials and journalists.

The reports released by a consortium of 17 media houses across the globe revealed that several governmental agencies, including an unknown governmental agency of India, hacked the phones of minster, judges, activists, journalists and many.

The Union Government denied the possibility of any form of illegal snooping.

(with adde inputs from PTI)

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