At a time when the Pegasus snooping row continues to make headlines, senior Congress leader and former Union home minister P. Chidambaram has asked the Indian government to reveal the name of the Indian client in the NSO Group.

Referring to a report published in ‘The Wire’, Chidambaram tweeted: “Based on investigations by an international group of journalists, ‘The Wire’ has reported that there was “an Indian client of the NSO Group.”

Chidambaram has asked the government, “Who was the “Indian client”?”

Chidambaram, who was also a former Union finance minister, asked whether it was the “government of India” or it was “an agency of the government” or whether it was a private entity.

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The senior Congress leader hoped the government would reveal the names of the client soon and the “government will brazen out the allegations of snooping” that has been levelled against it.

On Sunday, Chidambaram said the government should either call for a joint parliamentary committee investigation into the Pegasus snooping allegations or request the Supreme Court to appoint a sitting judge to investigate the matter.

He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement in Parliament clarifying whether there had been surveillance or not.

On Monday, the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments and the House proceedings were interrupted for the third day.

The opposition parties, including the Congress on Friday staged a protest outside the Parliament over the Pegasus snooping row.  

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Leaders of the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena and the Left parties jointly staged protest demonstration over allegations of phones of several top politicians, journalists and activists were tapped. 

The opposition leaders demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the allegations.
Earlier, while coming down heavily at the Centre on the Pegasus snooping scandal, former Congress pet Rahul Gandhi said the Pegasus spyware “is a weapon classified by Israeli states to use against terrorists”.
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