SC adjourns Pegasus hearing to August 16

SC adjourns Pegasus hearing to August 16

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into allegations of Pegasus snooping spyware to August 16.

On the last hearing held on August 5, the court has directed the petitioners to serve copies to government counsels.

In the first hearing, Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Surya Kant observed that if the reports appeared in newspapers are accurate, the allegations of snooping related to Pegasus are serious.

While adjourning the hearing of a batch of petitions, the court sought center’s response on allegations made in the petitions. Petitions had been filed by the Editors Guild of India and senior journalist N.Ram seeking a court-monitored probe into Israeli spyware Pegasus.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Ram, argued before the court that Pegasus is a rogue technology that is entirely illegal, as it seeps into our lives through the telephone and also hears and monitors us.

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Chief Justice Ramana observed that "Before going into all that, we have certain questions. No doubt, the allegations are serious if reports in the newspapers are correct."

Court has also asked the petitioner to furnish more documents to substantiate their allegations. The court needed verifiable materials to order for an enquiry, the court observed.