Pegasus spyware row does not go out in Andhra Pradesh. On Monday, March 21, the state Legislature decided to form a House committee to examine the Pegasus controversy.
The row was sparked after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in 2019 had acquired the Pegasus spyware.
Members of the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) had urged that a House committee be formed to carry out a thorough investigation into how the TDP administration led by former CM, Chandrababu Naidu, used spyware to spy on his political opponents.
Speaker Tammineni Seetharam later announced that the Legislative Assembly had unanimously decided to appoint a House Committee on the Pegasus Line to investigate in detail.
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2019 TDP INTELLIGENCE CHIEF UNDER FIRE
Faced with the heat, the TDP denied the purchase of spyware. AB Venkateswara Rao, who was intelligence chief during Naidu’s tenure, clarified that during his tenure until May 2019, the government never purchased Pegasus spyware.
However, he said he didn’t know what happened after May 2019.
“I have been suspended. I have been challenged with the investigation against me in court. I have an unblemished 30 year term. How can I be a traitor? They are spreading lies against me on Pegasus” , Rao said.
YSRCP MP Ambati Rambabu, however, strongly criticized former intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao and alleged that he supported opposition leaders on the Pegasus issue, “despite being a government employee and that he suffer a suspension”.
“Venkateswara Rao was involved in irregularities in the procurement of security equipment when he was head of intelligence in the TDP regime and there is no sanctity in his remarks,” the MP said. ruling party.
Recalling West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks on Chandrababu Naidu’s purchase of Pegasus software, the MP said there were no allegations made by the YSRCP leadership but a genuine revelation made by a Chief Minister to the Legislative Assembly.
He demanded that Chandrababu Naidu, who so far has not reacted to the allegation, openly answer this question.
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