Tamil Nadu: Activist Gandhi, TPDK leader under surveillance | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: May 17 Movement founder Thirumurugan Gandhi and Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK) leader K Ramakrishnan were under surveillance for more than three years.
They were among the 40 of the Indians, including activists, journalists, members of the judiciary, opposition leaders and ministers of the ruling party at the Centre, on the first list of the leaked Pegasus database.
The May 17 Movement, founded in May 2009, is known for its pro-LTTE and pro-Eelam stand.
“I came to know that my mobile number was in the Isaeril spyware Pegasus snoopgate list when I got a call from The Wire two days ago,” Thirumurugan Gandhi told TOI. He added that his phone has been under surveillance since 2018. He said he continued to use the same phone and added, “I am not rich like Modi or Amit Shah to change my phone frequently. If they want to snoop on my phone, let them do it. I have nothing to hide,” he added. When he was asked by The Wire if he was ready to give his phone for a digital foreign examination, Gandhi said, “I am ready to give my gadget to test for Pegasus.”
The government is spending at least Rs 1 crore to snoop on an individual, he said and wondered how it was spending public money to spy on its own citizens.
Ramakrishnan said he was informed by The Wire that his number was under surveillance since 2017 when he visited France to take part in the Martyrs Day event organised to honour the sacrifice of members of the LTTE.
“I was under the TN police’s shadow watch for a long time for my stand,” he said


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