An important hearing was held in the Supreme Court today on the Pegasus espionage case. The Pegasus espionage case is being heard by a bench of Chief Justice NV Ramanna and Justice Surya Kant. Various people and organizations have filed several petitions in this matter. Senior journalists Enram and Sasikumar, CPM’s Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas and lawyer ML Sharma have filed petitions in this matter.
After hearing the Pegasus espionage case today, the Supreme Court, after hearing the side of the petitioners, asked all the petitioners to give a copy of their petition to the Centre. The Supreme Court will hear the matter again on Tuesday (August 10).
What happened in today’s hearing?
During today’s hearing of Pegasus case, Kapil Sibal, Senior Adviser for N. Ram and others told the court that Pegasus is a wicked technology, which enters our lives without our knowledge. This is an attack on the privacy, dignity and values of our republic. The CJI says that if the report is true then there is no doubt that the allegations are serious.
The Pegasus case is being heard in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for N. Ram and others, submitted that this spyware is sold only to government agencies and cannot be sold to private entities. NSO technology is involved in the international arena.
During the hearing on this case, Kapil Sibal argues that journalists, public figures, constitutional authorities, court officials, academics are all targeted by spyware and the government has to answer who bought it. Where was the hardware placed? Why didn’t the government register an FIR? During this, senior advocate Kapil Sibal told the Chief Justice of India that I want to issue a notice to the Government of India.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for educationist Jagdeep in Pegasus espionage case, has said that the magnitude of the present case is huge and please consider an independent inquiry into the matter. He said it should be the highest level bureaucrat who gives the answer to the cabinet secretary.
Senior advocate Arvind Duttar, appearing for the petitioner journalists before the Supreme Court, said that the privacy and personal privacy of citizens should be considered.
Consideration of various petitions
The Supreme Court is hearing various petitions seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus case. These include petitions by the Editors Guild of India and senior journalists N. Ram and Shashi Kumar. The opposition’s ruckus continues in Parliament over the investigation into the Pegasus case. Due to the uproar of the opposition, the proceedings of the Parliament are being adjourned time and again.
A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant is hearing nine separate petitions related to reports of alleged spying of eminent personalities, politicians and journalists by government agencies with the help of spyware Pegasus of Israeli firm NSO.
What is the matter?
The International Association of Media Organizations revealed that a large number of businessmen and rights activists, including two of India’s Union ministers, more than 40 journalists, three opposition leaders and a judge, were hacked through Israel’s spy software sold only to government agencies. More than 300 mobile numbers have been hacked. However, the government has denied the allegations related to surveillance of certain people at its level. The government said that there is no solid basis for this or there is no truth related to it.
An international media association claimed in a report that 300 Indian mobile phone numbers were included in the list of possible targets for spying through Pegasus spyware. Special Investigation Team (SIT) should be set up for the purpose. The Guild, in its application, in which senior journalist Mrinal Pandey is also the petitioner, has said that it is the duty of its members and all journalists to seek information and explanation and to ensure the success of the state. And make all the organs of the government accountable by continuously analyzing the failures.