New Delhi Jul 30(ILNS): The Supreme Court, today, decided to take up next week a PIL seeking an independent probe by a sitting or a retired judge into the charges of spying by Israel spyware Pegasus on a number of journalists and opposition politicians.
Chief Justice N.V. Ramana took note of the PIL filed on July 27 by senior journalists N. Ram and Sashi Kumar through senior advocate Kapil Sibal stating that the petition needs to be heard in view of the large ramifications of the allegations of snooping.
The move follows a global collaborative investigative project that disclosed a fortnight ago that Pegasus spyware was used to target over 300 mobile phone numbers in India, including that of Ministers in the Narendra Modi government, various Opposition leaders, a constitutional authority, and several journalists and business persons.
The issue has also been the cause for multiple disruptions of Parliament’s Monsoon Session as Opposition parties have united to protest against the alleged snooping and demanded a discussion into the matter in both the Houses.
The Narendra Modi government denied the allegations and has called the report ‘sensational,’ and an attempt “to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions”./ILNS/SV/SNG