SC to pass order in Pegasus snooping row on October 27

By Jasleen Kaur -- October 26, 2021 6:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its order on Wednesday (October 27) on pleas seeking independent court-monitored probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping row.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will pass the order on Wednesday on a batch of pleas. Earlier, the Bench had said it intended to set up an expert committee to probe into the reports alleging the government of using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, and journalists.

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On September 13, the Supreme Court had said it would pass an interim order in two-three days on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping row.

However, on September 23, the Bench had said it was taking time to pass the order as some experts, which it had in mind to be members of the committee, expressed personal difficulties to be part of the same.

Several petitions are pending before the top court seeking a court-monitored probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists and journalists.

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The Centre had earlier told the apex court that it was willing to set up a committee of independent experts to examine all aspects of the alleged Pegasus snooping row. It had maintained that what software was used for interception in the interest of national security can't be open for public debate.

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The Centre had offered to set up a committee comprising independent experts to inquire whether Pegasus was used to snoop on phones. It had said the matter could be inquired into by a committee of independent domain experts and the report could be filed before the top court.

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The government had also contended that it was willing to place the details of surveillance before the expert committee proposed to be constituted by it to examine the issues and the committee can give a report to the Supreme Court.

-PTC News

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