Kozhikode: As controversies over Pegasus spyware rock the nation, the book written by veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, gains attention with the reference to Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs, giving a demo of an Israeli phone-tapping machine to IPS officers in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in between 2008 and 2009. Amit Shah was then the Home Minister of Gujarat. In his book, titled ‘2019: How Modi won India’, Rajdeep quotes a Gandhinagar based journalist Rajiv Shah disclosing an event in which Amit Shah demonstrated the Israeli phone-tapping machine for senior police and home department officials. “You just have to enter a code and then you can listen to whichever phone conversation you want; a grinning Shah told the officials,” the book quotes Rajiv Shah.
However, he is not sure whether they had gone ahead with the purchase of the machine or not. But the officials were so petrified of hearing about the machine and started using two mobile phones, one for personal and other for officials use, disclosing the private number only to a small group, reveals the journalist. The book carries this information on its 42nd page.
So far, the government has not given any proper answer on the phone-tapping row that has been brought to the public sphere by 17 media establishments including the Wire from India.