The Supreme Court hearing the Pegasus espionage case has given a big decision. While hearing the case on Thursday, Chief Justice NV Ramanna said that the Supreme Court will constitute a technical expert committee to probe it. Along with this, the Supreme Court has said that it will give an independent order on the petitions seeking an independent inquiry into the matter next week.
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramanna said an order in the matter would be issued next week. Earlier on September 13, the Supreme Court had reserved the verdict. Then while hearing the petitions, the Supreme Court had expressed displeasure over the stand of the Central Government. The court had said that we want to know whether the government has used Pegasus spyware to spy on the common people or not.
Earlier, the central government had refused to file any affidavit in the matter. The government said that this would not be good from the point of view of national security. The central government said that by doing this, the enemies of the country can know what we use to keep an eye on them. On this, the court had said that you should not tell anything which is not good from the point of view of national security. But we just want to know if Pegasus spyware was used to monitor some people.
The petitions seeking an independent investigation pertain to reports that government agencies have been accused of spying on some eminent citizens, politicians and journalists using the spy software Pegasus from the Israeli company NSO. An international media association reported that there were more than 300 confirmed Indian mobile phone numbers on a possible list of spying using Pegasus software.