Explained: Who are the members of the committee appointed by SC to probe Pegasus?


Committee members are Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Dean of the National University of Forensic Sciences, Gandhinagar; Dr Prabaharan P, professor at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala; and Dr Ashwin Anil Gumaste, Institute Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

He will be supervised by the retired judge Judge RV Raveendran. The former Supreme Court Justice is a highly respected member of the legal community and was recently named by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana as “one of the legends who have increased the prestige of the Supreme Court of India ”. In order, the Court asked Judge Raveendran to “supervise the functioning of the committee with regard to the methodology to be adopted, the procedure to be followed, the investigation and investigation which are carried out and the preparation of the report”.

Judge Raju Varadarajulu Raveendran
Retired Supreme Court Judge

Oversee the functioning of the 3-member technical committee on methodology, procedure, investigation and investigation; can support any officer or expert on duty / retiree.

Justice Raveendran was a judge of the Supreme Court from September 9, 2005 to October 15, 2011. Prior to that, he was Chief Justice of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh.

During his tenure on the SC, Judge Raveendran delivered important judgments on issues relating to constitutional law, reservations, human rights and education.

In a well-known case, a Constitutional Chamber including Judge Raveendran condemned the tendency to change governors during a regime change at the Center. The judiciary ruled that “the governor cannot be removed from office on the grounds that he is not in tune with the policies and ideologies of the Union government or the ruling Center party. Nor can he be dismissed on the grounds that the Union government has lost confidence in him ”.

Judge Raveendran was part of the RM Lodha committee appointed by the CS in 2015 to reform the BCCI. In August 2017, Judge Raveendran rejected a request by the SC to oversee the NIA’s investigation into the conversion of Kerala resident Akhila to Islam, after which she took the surname Hadiya, and her marriage. with a Muslim, Shefin Jahan.

Judge Raveendran’s book Anomalies in Law & Justice: Writings Related to Law & Justice was published by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana in June this year.

Talk to Indian express from Bengaluru, Judge Raveendran said “he will endeavor to oversee the functioning of the technical committee as indicated” by the SC. He declined to comment further.

Alok joshi
Former Head of R&AW and NTRO

Will assist Judge Raveendran in overseeing the work of the Technical Committee.

A retired IPS officer from the class of 1976, Joshi was Director of R&AW from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Special Secretary of R&AW and Co-Director of the Intelligence Bureau. He was also president of the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO), which deals with a range of issues ranging from high-tech surveillance to cybersecurity.

Dr Sundeep Oberoi
Global Head of Cyber ​​Security Services, TCS

Will assist Judge Raveendran in overseeing the work of the Technical Committee.

A globally recognized expert in cybersecurity, Dr Oberoi is chairman of a joint technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. Ensuring the confidentiality and confidentiality of data is one of the areas of expertise of Dr Oberoi, who joins the aspects arising from the Pegasus problem.


Prof (DR) Naveen Kumar Chaudhary
Dean, National University of Forensic Sciences, Gandhinagar

Expert in cybersecurity, e-governance, digital forensics, network security and communication engineering, Professor Chaudhary is also a member of a UGC panel on the development of an ecosystem for cybersecurity in higher education institutions in India. . Professor Chaudhary received the Committee Chairman and Chief of Staff’s Commendation Award for Writing a Visionary Paper on Capacity Building in Space Technology in 2015.

DR Ashwin Anil Gumasté
Chair, Associate Professor (Computer Science and Engineering), IIT-Bombay

Dr Gumaste was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2018. His areas of specialization include optical networks, broadband communications and end-to-end networks. Dr Gumaste was instrumental in the development of Carrier Ethernet Switching Routers, a product marketed by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd under a major technology transfer agreement with IIT Bombay.

DR Prabaharan P.
Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham School of Engineering

Dr Prabaharan specializes in cybersecurity and has published several articles on in-depth malware detection, intrusion detection, and ransomware detection. Last December, he received the Academy Excellence Award 2018 from the Defense Research and Development Organization.

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