Pegasus spyware case: SC to set up technical expert committee

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source: Live law


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it is setting up a technical expert committee to inquire about the snooping row using the Pegasus software.
CJI N V Ramana said they are not able to pass the order for the technical expert committee due to experts denying to be part of the team due to personal issues.

” That is why it is taking time to constitute the Technical Expert Committee,” the CJI said.

“We will be able to finalise the members of the technical Expert Team by next week and pronounce orders,” he added.

Following reports of government snooping on prominent citizens, politicians, and writers using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus, calls were made for an independent investigation.

An international media published a report that over 300 verified Indian mobile numbers were on the lists of potential targets of snooping by Pegasus spyware. The list includes politicians, activists, ministers, journalists etc. 
The question of appointing a committee or conducting an investigation is not relevant in this case, according to the court, which also stated that if an affidavit is filed, the court will learn the Centre’s position.