DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PEGASUS SPYWARE: MORE REVELATIONS IN GLOBAL INVESTIGATION Rahul, Mamata’s nephew, 2 Union ministers, dissident ex-EC Lavasa in snooping target list MONSOON SESSION FIRST DAY Ruckus in both Houses, PM can’t introduce new ministers LIZ MATHEW RAHUL GANDHI ASHOK LAVASA ASHWINI VAISHNAW PRAHLAD PATEL PRASHANT KISHOR ABHISHEK BANERJEE GAGANDEEP KANG Senior Congress leader Former Election Commissioner Railways, IT minister MoS, Jal Shakti Political strategist Trinamool leader Virologist ‘No substance behind this sensationalism’ ‘Nothing to add to IT minister’s statement’ ‘Undue advantage of position of power’ ‘Two min of silence for sore losers’ ‘No clue why my number is on that list’ ‘They are #Bharatiya Jasoos Party’ Oppattacksgovt; Congseeksprobe, Shah’sresignation MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 19 A SECOND list of possibletargets of an alleged surveillance operation using the Pegasus spyware revealedinaglobalcollaborative investigation includes the mobile phones used by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa. Thepublicationof thenames onMondayeveningset off amajor political storm that has the potential to derail the Monsoon Sessionof Parliamentthatbegan earlier in the day. At a press conference, the Congress demanded the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ` 124 per kilo ` 152 per kilo ` 189 per kilo ` 70 per Dozen Raj Kundra arrested in adult films case Police allege Kundra is key conspirator. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JULY 19 BUSINESSMAN RAJ Kundra was Monday arrested by the Mumbai Police crime branch in connectionwithacaseinvolving the making of pornographic films and publishing them through mobile applications. The police alleged that Kundra “appears be the key conspirator” in the case. Kundra is married to actor Shilpa Shetty. The couple has two children. The crime branch’s property cell had in February registered an FIR in connection with the case and arrested nine persons soon after. Kundra’s name, the police said, had come up during the interrogation of the accused. On Monday, the businessman was summoned for questioning following which he was placed under arrest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘No comment’ Ministers Vaishnaw, Prahlad Patel in list, also aides of Irani, Raje EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 19 HOURS AFTER Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw rejected in Parliament allegations that Pegasus spyware may have been used to snoop on politicians, journalists and a constitutional authority, among others, his own name popped up in a list of individuals whose phone numbers were potential targets, released by a global col- EXPLAINED HOW PEGASUS INFECTS PHONES PAGE 9 laborative project. Digital news platform The Wire also named Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel as one of the potential targets, apart from an aide of another Union minister Smriti Irani, and an associate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Eleven phones targeted: Of woman who accused ex-CJI of harassment, kin MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 19 IN THE new list of possible targets of surveillance released by a global collaborative investigation including The Wire in India are three phone numbers used bythewomanwhoinApril2019 accused the then sitting Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment. An in-house committee of the Supreme Court had cleared Gogoi, and he had been nominated to Rajya Sabha by the government soon after he retired. According to The Wire, the numbers belonging to the woman, along with eight other numbers used by her husband CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2019 & now, Govt ducks key question: did it buy Pegasus? MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JULY 19 WHAT DIFFERENCE do 20 months make? Not much, when it comes to explaining the Government’s stand on the Pegasus spyware and its use. In Lok Sabha Monday, Ashwani Vaishnaw, the new Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, effectively, echoed what his predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad had said on November 28, 2019. Prasad was replying in Rajya Sabha weeks after The Indian ExpressreportedonWhatsApp’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Bid to malign India, aap chronology samajhiye, says Shah EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 19 UNION HOME Minister Amit Shah led the charge as the government Monday denounced reports that Pegasus spyware could have been used to snoop onjournalists,politiciansandactivists, calling it an attempt “to malignIndiandemocracyandits well established institutions”. Both Shah and Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw hintedthatthereportsweretimed to coincide with the start of the MonsoonSessionof Parliament. Addressing Parliament amidstOppositionsloganeering, Vaishnaw said, “A highly sensational story was published by a ‘Reports a day before House session. Can’t be coincidence’ web portal yesterday night. Many over-the-top allegations have been made around this story. The press reports have appeared a day before the MonsoonSession.Thiscannotbe a coincidence.” Shah released a statement, where attacking the Opposition for disrupting Parliament and raising the issue of Pegasus, he said,“Inwhatseemedlikeperfect cue,latelasteveningwesawareportwhichhasbeenamplifiedby CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JULY 19 PARLIAMENT’S MONSOON Session got off to a stormy start Monday as the Opposition, protesting overseveralissuesincluding farm laws and fuel price hike, prevented Prime Minister Narendra Modi from introducing his newly inducted Union ministers, a customary practice. The Opposition did not budge even as the PM tried to put it on the mat by citing the social combination of his new ministers. When the Treasury benches accused the Opposition, especially the Congress, of violating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arockystart THE RUCKUS in Parliament Monday dashes the government’s hopes of a productive session. Leading up to the session, the government had opened several lines of communication with the Opposition, hoping for a more peaceful run than earlier sessions. Heavy rain leaves 7 dead in Palghar, Thane, Raigad VALLABH OZARKAR MUMBAI, JULY 19 TORRENTIAL RAIN in Thane, Raigad and Palghar Monday claimed at least seven lives, includingthatof fourchildren,and left most of the parts of the districts inundated. Seven others, includingfourminors,arefeared drowned in separate incidents. Intense rainfall early Sunday had left at least 32 people dead and eight others injured in separateincidentsinthecentraland eastern parts of Mumbai. On Monday, five of a family, including a couple and their three children aged between three and 12, were killed after a landslide destroyed their house in the Kalwa area in Thane city. The couple’s two other daughters were also injured in the mishap.Fourother housesinthe area were also damaged. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NO LET-UP IN RAIN, WATERLOGGING P 4
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