Espionage scandal: Center will not file affidavit on Pegasus, Supreme Court said – now order is the only option

News Desk, Technicalguruji, New Delhi

Published by: Sanjeev Kumar Jha
Updated Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:45 PM IST

Summary

During the hearing, the central government made it clear that it is not going to file an affidavit on this matter. The government said that this is not a matter of public domain, so filing the affidavit would not be correct.

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Hearing on the Pegasus espionage case was held in the Supreme Court on Monday. During the hearing, the central government made it clear that it is not going to file an affidavit in this matter. The government said it was not a matter of public discussion. Therefore, the affidavit cannot be filed. But she has agreed to set up a panel to probe the allegations of espionage.

At the same time, Chief Justice Ramanna was not satisfied with this answer of the government and expressed displeasure and said that we have to know whether anyone can use spyware? Did the government use it? Was it done legally? If the government does not want to file the affidavit, then we will have to pass an order.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta replied to the court
During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, said that various types of software are used by security and military agencies to investigate terrorist activities. If the government makes it public, then terrorists or anti-national forces will misuse it. It is feared that the terrorists will be saved from tracking by modifying it. Mehta said that the central government is ready to place all the facts regarding monitoring before an expert technical committee, which can give a report to the court.

Supreme Court expressed displeasure
Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramanna slammed the central government on the Pegasus issue, saying that you are going back on the same point again and again. We want to know what the government was doing till now. We are not going towards issues of national interest. Our limited concern is about the people. The appointment of the committee is not an issue. The purpose of the affidavit is to let us know what you are doing.

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Hearing on the Pegasus espionage case was held in the Supreme Court on Monday. During the hearing, the central government made it clear that it is not going to file an affidavit in this matter. The government said it was not a matter of public discussion. Therefore, the affidavit cannot be filed. But she has agreed to set up a panel to probe the allegations of espionage.

At the same time, Chief Justice Ramanna was not satisfied with this answer of the government and expressed displeasure and said that we have to know whether anyone can use spyware? Did the government use it? Was it done legally? If the government does not want to file the affidavit, then we will have to pass an order.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta replied to the court

During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, said that various types of software are used by security and military agencies to investigate terrorist activities. If the government makes it public, then terrorists or anti-national forces will misuse it. It is feared that the terrorists will be saved from tracking by modifying it. Mehta said that the central government is ready to place all the facts regarding monitoring before an expert technical committee, which can give a report to the court.

Supreme Court expressed displeasure

Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramanna slammed the central government on the Pegasus issue, saying that you are going back on the same point again and again. We want to know what the government was doing till now. We are not going towards issues of national interest. Our limited concern is about the people. The appointment of the committee is not an issue. The purpose of the affidavit is to let us know what you are doing.

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