SC agrees to hear Pegasus snooping plea next week


New Delhi, Jul 30 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea by veteran journalists N. Ram and Sashi Kumar seeking a direction for an independent probe by its sitting or retired judge into the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Surya Kant stating that civil liberties of citizens, politicians, belonging to Opposition parties, journalists, and court staff have been put under surveillance.

He insisted that it is an issue, which is making waves in India and worldover and this issue requires an urgent hearing. After Sibal's submissions, the bench said it may hear the matter next week.

The plea filed by scribes said mass surveillance using a military-grade spyware abridges several fundamental rights and appears to represent an attempt to infiltrate, attack and destabilise independent institutions, which are critical pillars of country's democratic set-up.

The petitioners sought direction to be issued to the Centre to disclose if any of its agencies have obtained license for Pegasus spyware or used it either directly or indirectly, to conduct surveillance as alleged.

The plea claimed that hacking constitutes a criminal offence punishable under interalia Section 66 (computer related offences), 66B (punishment for dishonestly receiving stolen computer resource or communication device), 66E (punishment for violation of privacy) and 66F (punishment for cyberterrorism) of the IT Act, punishable with imprisonment and/or fine.

Earlier, advocate ML Sharma and Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas had also moved the apex court seeking probe into the spying allegations.

 

  

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    This government does not believe in accountability to the people of India through Parliament. "Parliament is not convened only for the legislative agenda of government but it is meant to raise issues of national importance. Government is misleading the country by saying that they are ready to talk to the Opposition.". countries like France, Israel, Germany and Hungary, have ordered a probe into the Pegasus Spyware issue and strange and surprised the Modi Govt government 93189is not ready for an enquiry over the same Same is the case of Farmers Bills and the demand for a Joint Parlimentary probe for the Rafale scam. Even France has now ordered a probe into the Rafale Deal. High time the Modi Govt follows true Democracy as the people of india will not tolerate Autocracy. Any IT expert amongst the readers of Daijiworld could write to NSO the Pegasus Spyware company to rule out the possibility of the Spyware Hacking or Tampering with the EVM's that we use in our elections.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Nowadays cases go to court with a big noise to close the case and never be raised again to fool people knowing that courts act according to the order from the govt. Only JPC or open press conference will bring the truth to light but unfortunately it’s not happening for the same reason. Even the recent disturbance in the parliament over the same issue is temporary for media publicity. Nobody is serious, everyone wants pull somebody else’s leg for publicity but not justice.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Looks like Pappu will end up saying Sorry again like in Rafale, Demonitization and RSS case

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  • T.Dsilva, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    The Darrpok , Feku who used a foreign Spyware to track and listen Pappu,s and many other peoples ,Phone secretly like Coward, doesn;t have guts to appoint a enquiry commission because he himself a thief and coward.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Fri, Jul 30 2021

    Supreme Court should not get scared of Feku & Daku ...

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