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Lok Sabha MP wants judicial investigation into Pegasus spyware attack

The Pegasus exposé was followed by a ruckus in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as several MPs moved to suspend usual parliamentary business to discuss the claims of surveillance.  As the Pegasus spyware controversy rages and questions are being raised of the Indian government since it was made clear by the NSO group that the product is only sold to vetted governments and agencies, Lok Sabha MP Thol. Thirumavalavan urged the Central Government to order an independent judicial investigation in this regard. Why it matters: Thirumavalavan's statements come in response to revelations of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware attack on Indians. While many are proposing to bring intelligence agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation under the ambit of parliamentary or judiciary oversight, few like Thirumavalavan have been demanding an investigation into the matter. The Indian government has not categorically denied…

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