An international media group has said that over 300 Indian mobile phone numbers were listed as potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.
pegasus snooping controversy The Supreme Court will hear on Monday petitions seeking an independent probe into the alleged spying of certain individuals through Israeli spyware Pegasus. On September 7, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had given more time to the Center to file its reply after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said that due to some difficulties, he was about to file the second affidavit. Could not meet the officials concerned to take a decision.Also Read – Covid-19 New Guidelines: How death due to corona will be considered as Kovid death, government issued new guidelines
The Center had filed a brief affidavit in the top court and said the petitions seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus espionage allegations were based on “conjectures or other unsubstantiated media reports or incomplete or unconfirmed material”. On August 17, the top court, while issuing notice to the Center on the petitions, made it clear that it (court) does not want the government to disclose anything that compromises national security. Also Read – Reliance Infra: Big victory for Anil Ambani from Supreme Court, Reliance Infra will get Rs 4600 crore
The government had said in a brief affidavit that the information technology minister Ashwini Vaishnav has already clarified the position in Parliament in this regard. It had said that the government would constitute a committee of experts to remove any misconceptions spread by certain vested interests and to examine the issues raised. Also Read – Relief for future group: Relief for future group, Supreme Court bans all hearings in Delhi High Court in Amazon case
The top court, while issuing notice on the petitions, had said that it (court) does not want the government to disclose anything related to national security and asked the Center what is the “problem” if the competent authorities file an affidavit on the issue. .
The law officer had told the bench, “Our well-considered reply is what we have respectfully stated in our previous affidavit. Please look at the issue from our point of view as our affidavit is sufficient.” He said, “The Indian government is before the highest court of the country.”
The senior advocate had said that if the government of a country gives information about which software is used and which is not, then those involved in terrorist activities can take steps in advance.
These petitions pertain to reports of alleged spyware by government agencies of eminent citizens, politicians and journalists using spyware Pegasus from Israeli company NSO. An international media group has said that over 300 Indian mobile phone numbers were listed as potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.