Breaking News Pegasus snooping: Centre says can’t file affidavit, cites national...

Pegasus snooping: Centre says can’t file affidavit, cites national security, Supreme Court reserves order


New Delhi Sept 13 (ILNS) The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on a batch of petitions seeking probe into the alleged snooping carried out by the Central government on a number of politicians and journalists with the help of Israeli spyware Pegasus.

The development came, as the Centre expressed its unwillingness to file an affidavit in the matter, citing concerns over national security.

The Bench, headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, observed that they had given 6 days time to the Centre to file a detailed affidavit on the matter, which the Union government has now refused.

The Court further said that it will pass the order within 2-3 days. Meanwhile, the Solicitor General can mention the matter before it, if there is any “rethinking” on its part, the Bench added.

Earlier on September 7, a bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice A.S. Bopanna had adjourned the hearing to September 13, after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested more time for filing the detailed affidavit as some officers were not available.

The SG had said, “There is some difficulty regarding that affidavit. I couldn’t ensure the stand. Please consider accommodating me till day after.” Following Mehta’s request, the apex court had adjourned the matter.

The Centre on August 16 had submitted a two-page affidavit, denying all the allegations levelled against it. Thereafter, the Union Government had told the Court that it does not want to file an additional affidavit in the Pegasus issue, as national security aspects are involved. It assured that it was willing to place the details before the proposed expert committee.

The Court told the Centre that it does not want to know national security aspects. “We don’t want a single word relating to national security, but there are civilians, persons of eminence complaining of hacking,” the bench told the Solicitor General.

The petitions 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 media consortium had reported that over 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on a list of potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.

Opposition leaders, including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, two Union Ministers Prahlad Singh Patel (Minister of State for Jal Shakti) and Ashwini Vaishnaw (Railways and IT); businessman Anil Ambani; a former CBI chief and at least 40 journalists were on the list of the leaked NSO database. It is, however, not established that all phones were hacked. The Government has denied all allegations in the matter./ILNS/KR/SNG


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Allahabad High Court refuses to intervene in PIL seeking stay on demolition of small temples in Vindhyachal temple corridor

Allahabad Sept 14(ILNS): The Allahabad High Court on Monday, refused to intervene on a PIL seeking a...

Supreme Court says life imprisonment means rigorous imprisonment for life, dismisses SLP

New Delhi Sept 14(ILNS): The Supreme Court has held that the sentence of life imprisonment has to...

Himachal Pradesh High Court upholds National Lok Adalat award on withdrawal of cross-objections against state govt

Himachal Pradesh Sept 14(ILNS): The Himachal Pradesh High Court recently, while observing that “Petition is nothing but an afterthought”, dismissed...

Bihar LJP MP Prince Raj booked for rape

New Delhi Sept 14(ILNS): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MP from Bihar's Samastipur Prince Raj has been booked...

Delhi High Court dismisses CBI plea challenging CAT order quashing charges against CBI officer

New Delhi Sept 14(ILNS): The Delhi High Court, recently, dismissed the plea moved by the Central Bureau...

Supreme Court rejects Arcelor Mittal company plea against Gujarat HC order

New Delhi Sept 14(ILNS): The Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed by Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel (AM/NS)...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you