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CPI (M) SEEKS CLARIFICATION ON ISRAELI SPY SATELLITE

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Following the exposing of the deal between Antrix Corporation – the Indian Space Research Organisation [ISRO]’s commercial wing – and the Bangalore-based Devas Multimedia, the debate on whether the Israeli satellite, TecSar, which was launched by ISRO in January 2008 under a commercial contract with Antrix, was for purely peaceful purposes or meant to enable Israel to spy on Iran has come to the fore again. Urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come out with a clarification on the deal relating to the satellite, senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and member of the party Politburo, Brinda Karat, citing quotes in the media made at the time by Israeli officials, said that the satellite was widely reported as being meant for spying on Iran. She recalled that she had raised the issue with Mr. Singh through a letter in March 2008 and expressed regret that she did not receive any reply.



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