The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order for an independent investigation into the Pegasus espionage case. Under this, the top court has constituted a three-member expert committee. It will be headed by former Supreme Court judge RV Raveendran. Apart from this, other members of this committee will be Alok Joshi and Sandeep Oberoi. The Supreme Court has given the committee eight weeks to thoroughly investigate the allegations and submit its report before the court.
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The Supreme Court said that a committee has been formed to investigate the veracity of Pegasus. The Supreme Court said that there should be an inquiry into the violation of the right to privacy. The Supreme Court said that the involvement of a foreign agency in the surveillance of the citizens of India is a matter of serious concern.
The Supreme Court said that there is no specific rebuttal by the Center in this issue, thus we have no option but to prima facie accept the pleas of the petitioner and we appoint an expert committee whose work will be looked into by the Supreme Court.
The order was issued by a three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice. The bench comprised Chief Justice NV Ramanna, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli. At the same time, 12 petitions were filed regarding the investigation of the Pegasus espionage case. These include advocate ML Sharma, CPI(M) MP John Brittas, journalist N Ram, former IIM professor Jagdeep Chokkar, Narendra Mishra, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Rupesh Kumar Singh, SNM Abdi, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha and the Editors Guild of India.
Earlier, on September 13, a hearing was held in the Supreme Court regarding the Pegasus espionage case. During the hearing, the central government had made it clear that it was not going to file an affidavit in this matter. The government had said that it is not a matter of public discussion, so cannot file an affidavit. But she has agreed to set up a panel to probe the allegations of espionage.