The SC will hear a batch of pleas and consider the interim report of the technical committee on February 23
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is due to hear a batch of motions on the Pegasus issue for the first time on Wednesday after October 27 last year, when it ordered the creation of a panel of three cybersecurity experts to investigate the allegations. of using Israeli spyware. for surveillance of certain people in India.
A bench consisting of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli listed up to 12 PILs, including those filed by the Editors Guild of India and veteran journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar, for hearing on February 23. and is likely to carefully read and analyze the report that was to be filed by the court-appointed senior committee.
The panel, which included three experts in cybersecurity, digital forensics, networking and hardware, was asked to “investigate, investigate and determine” whether Pegasus spyware was being used to spy on citizens and whether their investigation would be monitored by former Supreme Court Justice RV Raveendran.
The panel members were Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Prabaharan P and Ashwin Anil Gumaste.
Judge Raveendran, who heads the Oversight Committee, was assisted by former IPS officer Alok Joshi and Sundeep Oberoi, Chairman of the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission/Joint Technical Committee Subcommittee – in the follow-up to the panel technical committee’s investigation.
The committee is urged to prepare the report after a thorough investigation and file it promptly in court, the bench had said.
Lately, reports have surfaced that the investigative group has been struggling as very few people show up to give evidence to them or submit their devices for technical review.
In one of the important recent verdicts on the issue of citizens’ right to privacy, a court led by the CJI ordered on October 27 last year the creation of a panel of experts saying that mere invocation of national security by the state cannot render the judiciary a “silent spectator” and had asserted that indiscriminate spying on individuals in a democratic country cannot be allowed.
An international media consortium has reported that more than 300 verified Indian mobile numbers have been listed as potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.
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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2022, 10:52 p.m. IST