Pegasus Sniffing Dispute: Government Won't File Affidavit in Supreme Court
The government said today it will not file a detailed affidavit in response to multiple calls for an independent investigation into the Pegasus spyware scandal, the PTI news agency reported. The center informed the Supreme Court that it had nothing to hide and therefore agreed to set up a committee of experts.
The government was ordered by the Supreme Court to make the affidavit and it took twice as long to file its response. “Report of the Committee of domain experts will be made available to SC," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the apex court.
A bench of three judges under the Chief Justice N.V. Ramana gave the center more time on Sept. 7 to decide whether to submit any further responses to the petitions after Attorney General Tushar Mehta said he sacked officials involved in a number of cases. could not meet when the second affidavit was presented.
On August 17, the Supreme Court told the Advocacy Center that the government would not reveal anything that could endanger national security. The calls concern reports that the government has been spying on prominent citizens, politicians and writers using Pegasus spyware from the Israeli company NSO. An international media consortium has reported that more than 300 verified Indian cell phone numbers have been listed as potential targets for Pegasus spyware surveillance.
Sources:- the live mint
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