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Pegasus row: SC to set up technical expert committee to probe, order next week

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it will pass its interim order next week on pleas seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping matter.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said the order, which was to be pronounced earlier, will now be delivered next week. “The Supreme Court is intending to set up a technical experts committee to look into charges. The matter is taking time as some experts it had in mind to be members of the committee expressed difficulties. Will finalise it by next week,” the CJI said.

On September 13, the top court had reserved its order, saying it only wanted to know whether or not the Centre used the Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly snoop on citizens.

The Centre had stoutly refused to file an affidavit citing national security on pleas seeking an independent probe into the snooping row.

The pleas seeking an independent probe are related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus.

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An international media consortium has reported that over 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on the list of potential targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.

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