Perturbed by SC order that many refused to be in Pegasus probe panel: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS): Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday said that he was "perturbed" by the statement in the Supreme Court order that many persons when requested to be a member of a Committee to probe the Pegasus controversy, had "politely declined".

His remark comes a day after the Apex Court constituted a probe committee on Pegasus spyware.

Taking to Twitter, the former Home Minister said: "I am perturbed by the statement in the SC order that many persons when requested to be a member of a Committee to probe the Pegasus controversy, "politely declined".

"Can any conscientious citizen decline the request of the SC to serve in a matter of paramount national interest? This episode illustrates how far we have traveled from the exhortation of Mahatma Gandhi that Indians should not fear their rulers," he said.

The Congress has welcomed the SC decision, and Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the party will raise the issue in Parliament.

On Wednesday, the top court asked a three-member technical committee to probe whether any Pegasus suite of spyware was acquired by the Centre, state government, central and state agency for use against the citizens of the country. If yes, then under what law was such a deployment made.

A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana, giving details of terms of reference of the expert Committee, whose functioning will be overseen by retired top court judge R.V. Raveendran, said the Committee will investigate whether Pegasus suite of spyware was used on phones or other devices of the citizens of India to access stored data, eavesdrop on conversations, intercept information and/or for any other purposes.

The court asked the Committee to find details of the victims affected by the spyware attack and the steps taken by the Centre after the hacking of WhatsApp accounts surfaced in 2019.

It also asked the expert committee to make recommendations, "to ensure prevention of invasion of citizens' right to privacy, otherwise than in accordance with law, by state and/or non-state entities through such spywares".



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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Now why are they Scared ...

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Forget pegasus these much advanced 21st century mRNA / graphene oxide in vaccines spy from within human body, including body parameters and activity? And Supreme Court judges siting on cases filed against these forced or coercive vaccinations? ........ These communist mRNA hightech vaccines reside and spy within you and control you through 5G, AI, Connect you to The Beast Super Computer as Prophecied in 2000 years back ? in Book of Revelation chapter 13: 16-18 mark of beast or barcode / microchip in the body to be connected The Beast Super Computer for travel or business. Following on Why nano particle like Graphene oxide in vaccine and 5G? (almost two months free promotion going on for 5G, recent times, ?) For manipulating human thoughts and feelings? Following part of the referenced report BY DAVID JOHN SORENSEN and DR. VLADIMIR ZELENKO MD VERSION 1.0 – SEPTEMBER 2021...... "It turns out that the substance that is most efficient in communicating with 5G is the very substance that is massively present in the covid injections: graphene oxide. ...... No substance on earth communicates better with 5G than graphene oxide and no substance in existence is more efficient in penetrating the human brain and manipulating human thoughts and feelings, than graphene oxide" ...... "5G offers the possibility that machines can read out thoughts, insert feelings." ..... Report also says only few percentage of total vaccine related deaths reported, rest blamed either on virus or strain in the west..... Ref:

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    These headless and Boneless Chickens who declined to be a member of the Probe Panel should be exposed. This is the result of the fear sychosys created by the BJP by misusing the Central agencies to Harass, Hound and Intimidate citizens who go against the Govt. The people are waiting for the Supreme Court to review the earlier decision taken on Rafale and reorder a Probe into the Rafale Scam.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    The probe should be conducted well before the next general election; otherwise, the ruling party will laugh all the way to the polls. And if the testimony given during the probe is publicise, the BJJP is afraid where the axe will fall. 33114

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Certainly everyone need to be perturbed by individuals declining to head the probe. It clearly shows that these high ranking individuals, who are honest do not want to get broiled down to contraversies and high handedness of Modi govt. But, what is good is SC is coming open and talking about it. Means, SC identifies the problem. Hope and pray that good sense, justice and truth to prevail.

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