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Supreme Court on Pegasus row: Govt need not disclose what may compromise security

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of pleas, including one that the Editors Guild of India filed, seeking an investigation into the matter

The Supreme Court on 17 August issued notice to the union government on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter, making it clear that it did not want the government to disclose anything which might compromise national security. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana sought the union government’s response on the pleas and said it will take up the matter after 10 days and see what course should be adopted.

The bench, comprising Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose, told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the apex court did not want the government to disclose anything that may compromise national security. The top court said this after Mehta argued that divulging the information in an affidavit, as sought by the petitioners, would involve aspects of national security.

Supreme Court is hearing a batch of pleas, including the one filed by Editors Guild of India, seeking an independent probe into the matter. They are related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus.

An international consortium has reported that over 300 verified Indian numbers were on the list of potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.

The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the allegations of surveillance through the use of Pegasus spyware.

During the hearing on 16 August, the union government “unequivocally” denied all allegations made by the petitioners in the Pegasus matter and told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that “with a view to dispel any wrong narrative spread by certain vested interests and with an object of examining the issues raised”, it would set up “a Committee of Experts in the field which will go in to all aspects of the issue.

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