Pegasus spyware row: SC to set up independent probe panel, formal order next week

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will set up next week an independent committee to investigate the Israeli Pegasus spyware controversy. According to NDTV and TOI, Chief Justice NV Ramana said that some expert committee on Pegasus are expressing personal reasons and denied to be part of this committee. Hence that is why it is delayed.

The Apex court said it will try to pass an order on Pegasus snooping row next week.

The CJI said, “We will be able to finalise the members of technical expert team by next week and pronounce orders.”

On September 13, the top court had reserved its order, saying that it wanted to know whether or not the Centre used the Israeli Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly snoop on citizens.

Meanwhile, the Centre had strongly refused to file an affidavit citing national security on pleas seeking an independent probe into the snooping row, new agency PTI reported.

The pleas seeking an independent investigation are in connection with the reports of alleged snooping by the centre on human rights activist, lawyers, journalists and politicians by using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus.

An international media consortium has reported that more than 300 verified Indian smart phone numbers were on the list of potential targets for Pegasus surveillance using the spyware.

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