Request for independent investigation into Pegasus espionage case, Supreme Court agrees to hear, debate will be held next week

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New Delhi Has agreed to hear the complaint lodged regarding the alleged espionage case. There are demands for a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the revelations that created a whirlwind in the country’s politics just before the monsoon session of Parliament begins. Meanwhile, the consent of the Supreme Court for the hearing is being seen as a major development in the matter. Now the top court will hear the PIL by senior journalists N Ram and Shashi Kumar next week.

Demand for inquiry from Supreme Court judge
In this petition, a retired or sitting judge of the Supreme Court has been demanded to investigate the Pegasus Jussi case. Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal had mentioned the PIL before Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. He had said that as far as civil liberties are concerned, Pegasus is showing widespread results not only in India but also across the world. He argues that the matter pertains to immediate national security, involving the spying of opposition leaders, journalists and even the judiciary which warrants investigation.

Accused of trying to suppress criticism

Senior journalists N Ram and Shashi Kumar have said in the petition that well-known journalists, politicians etc. have been spied on by the Israeli spyware Pegasus which is a serious matter. They argue that if the phone is hacked illegally and Pegasus spyware has been used for this, then it is in a way an attempt to suppress freedom of expression and dissent in India.

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Who has licensed Pegasus?
The petition said that the central government should be directed to disclose whether any government agency has taken a license to use Pegasus spyware. In any way, whether the government agency has a license for Pegasus spyware for surveillance, it should be told. It has been said in the petition that media from all over the world have reported that more than 142 people in India including journalists, lawyers, ministers, opposition leaders, civil society activists and people holding constitutional posts have been targeted and Pegasus Their surveillance has been done using software.

Not only privacy, right to life is hurt

The petitioner has said in his application that military level surveillance has been done through Pegasus which cannot be acceptable. People’s right to life includes the right to privacy. The Constitution has given freedom of expression, as well as the right to life and liberty. Through this Pegasus spyware, journalists, activists, ministers and people holding constitutional posts were targeted and their phones were hacked. This is a serious infringement on their fundamental right. The very foundation of people’s right to life has been threatened and all this is a scary feeling. The petitioner said that hacking of the phone in this way is an offense under Section-66, 66B, 66E, 66F of the IT Act. Such an attack is cyber-terrorism and has serious implications for its multi-dimensional political and security implications.

SIT investigation also demanded
Earlier on July 22, the Supreme Court was approached for a court-monitored SIT probe into the Pegasus espionage case. Petitioner lawyer ML Sharma has filed an application in the Supreme Court saying that the espionage scandal has attacked Indian democracy and the issue of security of the country and freedom of Judiciary is involved in it. The application has called for a court-monitored investigation into reports of journalists, activists, political leaders and others being spied using the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

[Attribution to NBT]

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