List of Pegasus hack victims in India

Ground Report | New Delhi: List of Pegasus hack victims in India; Israel’s surveillance company NSO Group’s spyware- Pegasus Spyware is once again in the news. Forbidden stories and Amnesty International have claimed that 10 governments around the world are spying on their people. This investigation has been named Pegasus Project.

This is not the first time the Israeli spyware Pegasus has been accused of spying on politicians and journalists.

List of Pegasus hack

Some of the prominent Indians whose names are mentioned in the list are:

Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president

Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, IT and Communications and his wife

Prahlad Singh Patel, Central MoS Jal Shakti. (The list also includes 15 of his close aides, including his wife, personal secretaries, political and office colleagues, his cook and gardener)

Prashant Kishor, election strategist

Ashok Lavasa, former election commissioner

Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and national general secretary of the party

Gagandeep Kang, top scientist and virologist

Hari Menon, India head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Jagdeep Chokhar, head of Association of Democratic Reforms

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Alankar Sawai, close aide of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

Sachin Rao, member of Congress Working Committee

Pradeep Awasthi, personal secretary to former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje (when she was the CM)

Sanjay Kachru, Union minister Smriti Irani’s OSD during 2014-15

Pravin Togadia, former international working president of VHP

M Hari Menon, who leads the India Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former Delhi University Professor SAR Geelani’s phone number was found to be infected between 2017 and 2019.

List of Journalists, lawyers and activists

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times

Prashant Jha, Hindustan Times

Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times

Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times

Saikat Dutta, former Hindustan Times

Vijaita Singh, The Hindu

Muzamil Jaleel, The Indian Express

Ritika Chopra, The Indian Express

Sushant Singh, former The Indian Express

Sandeep Unnithan, India Today

Siddharth Varadarajan, co-founder of The Wire

Swati Chaturvedi, The Wire

Devirupa Mitra, The Wire

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Rohini Singh, The Wire

M.K. Venu, The Wire

J Gopikrishnan, The Pioneer

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, journalist and adviser, NewsClick

Manoranjana Gupta, editor-in-chief, Frontier TV

Shabir Hussein Buchh, independent journalist

Iftikar Gilani, journalist covering J&K

Smita Sharma, independent journalist and news anchor

Prem Shankar Jha, Indian economist, journalist 

Santosh Bhartiya, journalist and ex-MP

Deepak Gidwani, independent journalist

Bhupinder Singh Sajjan, Punjabi journalist

Jaspal Singh Heran, Punjabi Journalist

Hassan Babar Nehru, lawyer and activist in J&K

Umar Khalid, JNU scholar, is currently in jail under UAPA

Thirumurugan Gandhi, activist arrested under UAPA

Rona Wilson, activist arrested under UAPA

Rupali Jadhav, arrested under UAPA

Degree Prasad Chouhan, activist

Laxman Pant, activist

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