(From left) Muzammil Jaleel, Rohini Singh, Siddharth Varadarajan and Prashant Jha | Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur
(From left) Muzamil Jaleel, Rohini Singh, Siddharth Varadarajan and Prashant Jha | Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur
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New Delhi: Israel spy software Pegasus was allegedly used to bug and put on surveillance, phones of two serving union ministers, three opposition leaders, one constitutional authority, current and former heads of security organisations, administrators, businessmen and 40 senior journalists and activists from across India, according to an expose by a global consortium of media publications, including The Wire in India.

This is a list of Indians, including journalists, lawyers and activists whose phones were allegedly potential targets of surveillance, some of which were successfully snooped upon, according to the expose.

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

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, 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

This list has been updated and some names removed as they had not consented to their names being made public but it was erroneously published by a foreign publication which is part of the project.

Also read: What is Pegasus? The ‘ultimate spyware’ used for surveillance


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