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Israel’s ISRO launch a spy satellite: CPM

The Left party alleged that while the Govt claimed the satellite would only be used for peaceful purposes, in reality, Israel was using it to spy on Iran, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.
Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2008 12:54 AM IST

The CPM on Wednesday hinted that the government misrepresented facts to Parliament about the Israeli satellite launched from Sriharikota in January.

The Left party alleged that while the government claimed the satellite would only be used for peaceful purposes, in reality, Israel was using it to spy on Iran.

CPM politburo member Brinda Karat dispatched a letter to the Prime asking for a clarification.

She attached a copy of an answer to a question she had raised in Rajya Sabha in February on the launching by ISRO” and whether India had taken “preventive steps to ensure the satellite would not be used for intelligence activities against India and its friendly countries?”

Minister of State in the PM's Office, Prithviraj Chavan, had said: “The contract ensures the customer satellite is for peaceful purposes.”Karat also attached copies of articles published in an English daily in Israel, Haaretz, which confirmed the Left party's apprehensions.

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