Pegasus Spyware: At the door of the Supreme Court are five journalists on a list of possible surveillance through Pegasus. This is the first time a person on the probationary list has approached the court.
Veteran journalists N Ram and Shashi Kumar, lawyer ML Sharma and Rajya Sabha member John Brittas have already filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking an inquiry into possible surveillance through Pegasus. Those petitions are scheduled to be heard on Thursday.
Paranjay Guha Thakurta, SNM Abdi, Premshankar Jha, Rupesh Kumar Singh and Ipsa Shatakshi have filed an application in the apex court today. The five men said in a statement that they had called a media representative investigating the leaked Pegasus database. According to digital forensic tests at Amnesty International’s laboratory, their phones were monitored by Pegasus.
The petitioners said in the petition that there was good reason to believe that their phones were being monitored or hacked by the Government of India or any third party. The five journalists said in the petition that the Indian government has not yet denied buying Pegasus spyware.
According to the petitioners, surveillance through such modern spyware would infringe on freedom of speech. It is also against the rights of the individual. As a result, those who provide information on irregularities at various levels of government will no longer come forward. As a result, the transparency of the administration in the whole country will be adversely affected.
The petitioners have applied to the Supreme Court for directions on five specific matters. First, declaring the use of spyware like Pegasus illegal. Second, to direct the Supreme Court and the petitioners to provide information regarding the use of Pegasus against the petitioners or to investigate the matter. Third,To take appropriate steps on behalf of the government to protect Indian citizens from cyber-weapons like Pegasus. Fourth, create a judicial system to punish government officials involved in illegal espionage or hacking. Fifth, to give any instruction necessary in the interest of justice.
On the other hand, BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also demanded an investigation into the Pegasus scandal. Parliament has been virtually paralyzed in the monsoon session due to the tug-of-war between the opposition and the Narendra Modi government over the investigation into the allegations.
In response to a question on the subject today, Nitish said, “I have been hearing eavesdropping on the phone for quite some time now. The matter is being taken up in Parliament. Reports are being published in the media. So the matter must be looked into. The people should be informed what is known. ”
Nitish said, “Now it is difficult to understand who, when and in what way all these incidents took place. Therefore, it is necessary to look into all aspects and inform the people about the matter.