New Delhi, Sept 7 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing after a request
was made by the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta.
The matter was taken up by the bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant and Justice AS Boppana.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the bench that, “There is some difficulty regarding that affidavit. I couldn’t ensure the stand. Please consider accommodating me till day after.”
The Centre on August 16 had submitted a two-page affidavit, denying all the allegations against them. Thereafter, the Central Government had told the Court that it does not
want to file any additional affidavit in the Pegasus issue, as national security aspects are involved. The Centre had added that it is willing to place the details before the proposed expert committee.
The Court had 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, Person of Eminence Complaining of hacking.”
Supreme Court bench said to the Solicitor General. What is the matter?
The petitions are related to reports of alleged snooping by the 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 Rahul Gandhi, two Union Ministers –Prahlad Singh Patel (Minister of State for Jal Shakti) and Ashwini Vaishnaw (Railways and IT Minister), businessman Anil Ambani, a former CBI chief and at least 40 journalists were on the list on the leaked database of NSO. It is, however, not established that all phones were
hacked. The Government has denied all allegations in the matter./ILNS/AV/SNG