The cellphone numbers of Reliance’s Anil Ambani have been on the alleged checklist of potential targets of surveillance by way of the Israeli army grade spy ware Pegasus, information portal “The Wire” has reported.
The numbers of Mr Ambani and one different official of the Reliance ADG Group have been placed on the checklist because the Rafale deal got here below public scrutiny.
The opposition Congress had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of settling for a grossly overpriced deal for 36 Rafale fighters solely to assist Mr Ambani win a whopping offset deal from Rafale maker Dassault.
The cellphone quantity for Dassault Aviation’s consultant in India, Venkata Rao Posina, former Saab India head Inderjit Sial and Boeing India boss Pratyush Kumar have been additionally on the checklist, “The Wire” reported.
The developer of the Pegasus, Israeli agency NSO — which claims it provides its software program solely to “vetted” governments for management of terrorism and crime – has claimed the leaked checklist of numbers is “not an inventory of targets or potential targets of Pegasus.