2 Chamber panels directed by Congress to examine the WhatsApp case
NEW DELHI: The spying scandal seems to be on the way to an escalation, with two parliamentary panels that decide to examine the problem looking for details of the government.
While the Center has claimed that it was not aware of WhatsApp spies, the political opposition has been pointing the finger at Modi's regime since the scandal broke out. Now, permanent parliamentary commissions on home affairs and science and technology will begin hearings on the scandal, and the first will meet on November 15.
Crucially, both panels are headed by Congress leaders: the home committee by the deputy leader of the opposition in Anand Sharma and the science and technology panel for Lok sabha MP Shashi tharoor .
As the secretary of the interior is scheduled to inform the home committee about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the next meeting, Sharma said: At that meeting, this issue will also be discussed and we will look for details from the secretary.
Tharoor added, it is an important issue on our agenda and we will definitely address it under that rubric. And we will seek clarifications from the government.
According to Tharoor, following the WhatsApp-NSO problem, it was essential to ensure that other social media platforms were not similarly compromised.
It is vital that, as a democracy, India remain vigilant about the risk of our freedoms being eroded by technological means. We must not, at any price, become a state of vigilance like China, said the Congressman.