“The mere presence of a number on this list does not imply the smartphone connected to it was successfully snooped upon — a conclusion that can only be established by conducting digital forensics on the device’s data — but the consortium has reason to believe that it represents a person of interest for an unknown client of the NSO Group,” the portal said in its latest revelation on the Pegasus controversy.
The report said the addition to the list happened around the time a legal challenge was mounted in the Supreme Court against the Rafale aircraft deal.
Opposition groups had triggered a controversy over the Modi government’s decision to buy 36 Rafale aircraft from French firm Dassault and its decision to appoint Ambani’s firm as an offset partner for the deal. The report said numbers of Reliance ADAG corporate communications chief Tony Jesudasan, as well as his wife also appeared on the list in 2018.
“The Wire, however, could not confirm if Ambani is still using the number that he was in 2018, which is when it was added to the list. A lack of response from the company also ruled out the ability to ask if they would consent to participating in the Pegasus Project’s digital forensics process,” the web portal said.