New Delhi: The espionage scandal that has engulfed India since last June in Mauritius is spiraling out of control. Opposition parties in the island nation accuse Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of “high treason”. With this the demand for Jagannath’s resignation has started gaining momentum.
Meanwhile, a photograph of a special “mustache man” from India that surfaced in the media last week is believed to be leading the Indian technical team that landed the internet sensation in Mauritius.
The Internet Landing Station is located in a restricted area at the historic Bai-du-Jaccottet landmark in Mauritius and there has been an uproar that the Indian team allowed to reach it by Prime Minister Jugnauth was allegedly “spying”. that Mauritius internet traffic could be monitored.
Although Prime Minister Jagannath has acknowledged that a team of Indian technical experts gained access to Bai-du-Jacot, he says no spying team has been installed there.
New Delhi has so far taken the position that what Prime Minister Jagannath said is enough to clarify India’s situation.
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The Internet Landing Station at Bai-du-Jacot, Mauritius is not only a major Internet hub on which the entire island of Mauritius depends, but is also part of the SAFE submarine cable network ( i.e. SAFE or Far East South Africa). This 13,500 km fiber optic submarine cable connects La Reunion to South Africa, Mauritius, France, India and Malaysia.
On Saturday, members of all the main opposition parties in Mauritius, including two former prime ministers, made statements to the media after a media report on the “mustache man” case came to the fore plan and called for the immediate dismissal of the Mauritian Prime Minister.
Former Mauritian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Naveen Ramgoolam told a press conference on Saturday that Prime Minister Jugnauth has “lied to Parliament and to Mauritius”.
Ram Ghulam said, “He has violated the sovereignty of the country. This is clearly an act of high treason against Mauritius… I will also talk to other political leaders. Pravind Jugnauth has only one option to resign or return power to the people. If otherwise, the people of Mauritius will have to come forward to take command into their own hands. Everyone must come together.
Pointing to India’s hand in the matter, he said, “If we don’t do this, they will make a device to spy on our data.”
In a free-wheeling interview on Mauritius radio station Radio Plus on Friday, former Mauritius Telecom (MT) CEO Sherry Singh, who is at the center of the controversy, said he arrived at the landing station of Bai-du-Jaccotte for the survey. A man in charge of the Indian team had a moustache, but his identity is yet to be revealed and that’s why Sherry Singh called him ‘mustache man’ during the interview.
Significantly, it was Sherry Singh who gave interviews to the media earlier this month after stepping down as MT CEO and the island nation has been in crisis ever since. The former MT CEO had claimed that Prime Minister Jagannath had allowed Indian intelligence services to install equipment at the Bai-du-Jaccotte station, which is capable of collecting data from undersea cables to transport internet traffic.
Former Mauritian Prime Minister and member of the opposition Moviment Militant de Mauritian (MMM) Paul Berenger told a press conference on Saturday that the government should come out clearly and tell the people of Mauritius what the Indian team is doing in this sensitive area. take a survey
“The survey was done using their own equipment while they were connected to various internet links that we have on secure cables…the intention behind this was to permanently install (there) a spying device,” he goes to ·bequeath Berenger.
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The Mauritian government denies the allegations
During a session in Parliament earlier this month, Prime Minister Jugnauth said that a section of the Mauritian political community was deliberately dragging India into the matter and was engaged in its own “attack on India to pursue a disruptive agenda.”
But things took a turn for the worse on Friday when a technical report by MT’s former chief technical officer (CTO) Girish Guddoy came out in the media, corroborating Sherry Singh’s claims.
The report, which has not been officially acknowledged by the Mauritian government, claimed that an Indian team gained access to a secure cable network, captured data from there with its own equipment, and that the tools were removed after taking the bar data.
The government vehemently denied these allegations, rejecting this technical report, calling it a ploy to destabilize the government.
Mauritian National Infrastructure Minister Bobby Hurreram told the press on Saturday: “Everything was done legally. The police investigation is underway in this case and the truth will come out.
Hurreram, who addressed the media along with IT Minister Deepak Balgobin, said that if the government had something to hide, it would have ensured that the CCTV cameras, which captured the equipment and the “mustache man”, have broken up. He also pointed out that there is no official signature on the technical report.
He said the entire controversy is a “conspiracy to destabilize the government” and an attempt is being made to “slow down the poison in the minds” of the common people here.
Ashok Radhakisoon, former chairman of the Information and Communications Technology Authority of Mauritius (ICTA), told ThePrint that SAFE Cable, an internet gateway, is extremely important to the national security of Mauritius.
He said: “It is a major outlet for the country’s economy. There has been illegal infiltration of the island (Jacotate). I call it a major comfort feature. The Prime Minister himself has admitted that he had given instructions to give access to the team of Indian technical experts.
Radhakisoon, who is also an independent lawyer, said: “The government has to answer why was the survey done? What was the risk of the technical team being called in? They had access to that facility for six hours and we don’t know what protocol they followed and what they had to figure out.
He said, “Mauritius people respect India, but a section of the population here is now criticizing India. India is interfering excessively in our internal politics.
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