‘Centre Did Not Cooperate’: SC on Pegasus Spyware Petition

Meanwhile, the apex court said, as many as 29 phones were examined and the malware was found on only five of them.
‘Centre Did Not Cooperate’: SC on Pegasus Spyware
‘Centre Did Not Cooperate’: SC on Pegasus Spyware

The Supreme Court on Thursday alleged that the central government did not cooperate with the investigation into the Pegasus spyware case.

According to reports, the bench led by Chief Justice N V Ramana informed that a committee was appointed by the top court to probe into the issue, however, it added, “Centre has not cooperated.”

Meanwhile, the apex court said, as many as 29 phones were examined and the malware was found on only five of them. However, there is conclusive proof of Pegasus spyware in them, it added.

The top court was scrutinizing a report submitted by the technical team formed by SC to investigate into the alleged use of Pegasus spyware to pry on phones of politicians, activists and journalists.

The report was submitted in three parts, two by the technical committee and one by the overseeing committee comprising of retired judge of SC Justice RV Raveendran along with Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.

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The CJI said, a part of the report will be made public on the SC’s website, “We will be making the third part of the report by Justice Raveendran on recommendations public on our website,” adding the committee asked not to bring the entire report in the public domain.

Meanwhile, few petitioners sought for a copy of the two parts of the report to which CJI responded the court will examine the demand.

The case was adjourned for four weeks.

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