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Center cannot be granted a free pass every time a national security issue arises, Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court rules today on a batch of pleas seeking an independent investigation into the Pegasus spy case. A bench consisting of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli reserved the order on September 13, saying they only wanted to know whether or not the Center was using Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly spy the citizens.

Here are the latest updates on Pegasus snooping row:

  • SC said the Center cannot be granted a free pass every time a national security issue arises. The judiciary cannot hesitate to approach the issue on the sole mention of national security, he said.
  • #Pegasus Case – Intelligence agencies are key to fighting terrorism, may invite invasion of privacy, but should only be so when absolutely necessary, Supreme Court says
  • The Supreme Court had orally observed that it would set up a committee of technical experts to investigate the case and issue an interim order on the requests for an independent investigation into the grievances of the alleged surveillance of some prominent Indians by hacking their phones using the Israeli company. NSO’s spyware, Pegasus. The observations of the highest court on the constitution of the committee take on importance given the Centre’s statement that it would itself set up a panel of experts to examine the whole issue.
  • The Supreme Court had said it would issue an order in a few days and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Center, to mention the case if the government considered rethinking filing a detailed affidavit. The judiciary had said it only wanted to know from the Center, which expressed reluctance to file a detailed affidavit citing national security, whether Pegasus had been used to spy on individuals and whether it had been done legally.
  • (Edited by : Anshul)

    First publication: STI



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