Days after it was reported that his phone was on a list of potential targets for surveillance using the Pegasus spyware, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Friday that not only all his phones are “tapped” but his security personnel had been asked to report to their seniors everything he said.
Gandhi accused the BJP government of having used the Pegasus spyware, which he called a weapon, against the Indian state and institutions.
Gandhi said he was not a potential target. “My phone is tapped. It is clearly tapped, so it is not a potential target.”
“It is not only this phone, every single phone of mine is tapped. And let me tell you another thing, I get phone calls from IB people who tap my phone. They call me up and say please be aware that we are tapping your phone. Also, by the way, my security people tell me that they have to debrief what I say and they have to report to their seniors everything I say. So, I am under no pretensions that I am not tapped,” Gandhi told reporters.
“This has happened to me three-four times. My friends were called and told to tell Rahul Gandhi that his phones are being tapped,” he added. The SPG cover of Gandhi as also his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and sister and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were withdrawn by the Government in 2019. It is the CRPF which now provides close proximate security cover to all three.
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