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Shameful attack on individual privacy, national security: Punjab CM; urges SC for suo motu cognisance

A file photo of Punjab Chief Minsiter Amarinder Singh. Photo: @capt_amarinder/Twiter

Chandigarh, July 19 (MNN) Even as his party accused the Modi government of “treason” in deploying an Israeli spyware against its won citizens, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday condemned the alleged hacking of private phones of political leaders, journalists, Constitutional authorities etc as a “shameful attack” not just on individual privacy but also on national security.

“It is a shocking assault on India’s democratic polity by the government, which has compromised national security with this blatantly disgraceful act,” he said.

The Chief Minister maintained that with such snooping, which simply could not have been undertaken by the Israeli company without the central government’s go-ahead, the NDA government had put sensitive information into the hands of global agencies, governments and organisations with the potential to misuse it against the country.

“This is not only an attack on individual freedom but also on the security of our nation,” he said while urging the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of the matter and take action against the NDA government.

“The central government cannot get away with this. They have committed a horrendous sin, and they have to be made to pay for it,” Amarinder asserted, quipping that “nobody has the right to intrude into the lives of its people, leave alone enter their bedrooms, as this government has done.”

Terming the developments as “part of a pattern of the BJP-led government to destroy all democratic institutions and stifle the voice of the opposition”, the Congress Chief Minister lashed out at the Modi government for what he called “reprehensible act which has set a new low in India’s democratic history”.

“No government in any part of the world has ever put the security and safety of its own institutions and people at stake in this manner before,” Amarinder said, adding that there appeared to be a global conspiracy to target India, of which the NDA government was clearly an appalling part.

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