There was controversy last year over Israeli spy software Pegasus being used to monitor and target people in India. In October, the Supreme Court constituted a three-member committee to investigate the matter.
The New York Times was called betel media by Union Minister General VK Singh on Saturday. The report stated that the Indian government bought Pegasus spyware in 2017 as part of a deal with Israel.
The New York Times (NYT) reported that Israeli spyware Pegasus and a missile system were at the core of a nearly two billion dollar deal between India and Israel for sophisticated weapons and intelligence equipment in 2017.
‘Supari Media’ cannot be trusted
The Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways & Civil Aviation, General VK Singh, responded to the NYT report on Twitter, “Can you trust NYT? He’s a well-known ‘supari media’. Let us inform you that General VK Singh is a former Chief of the Indian Army.
Can you trust NYT?? They are known ” Supari Media “. https://t.co/l7iOn3QY6q
— General Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) January 29, 2022
Last year, the Pegasus spy case came to light
Some governments, including India, used Pegasus software from Israel’s NSO group last year to spy on journalists, human rights activists, and politicians, among others. It sparked a lot of controversies.
‘The Battle of the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’
The New York Times titled this report ‘The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’. Israel’s NSO group had been selling spy software to law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world for almost a decade, according to this news story.
Congress accuses the Center of cheating the nation
However, Congress charged the Central Government with treason and misleading the Supreme Court along with the Parliament regarding this report. The main opposition party of the country said it will demand that during the upcoming budget session, Prime Minister Modi be held accountable for this.