SC Agrees To Adjourn Hearing Of Pleas For Pegasus Case Probe

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to the Central government’s request to adjourn the hearing of petitions for an independent probe into allegations of the government using Israeli based Pegasus spyware to snoop on citizens.
A three-judge bench, headed by chief justice of India N.V. Ramana, pushed the hearing to September 13 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said he could not meet with officials to discuss the issue. He indicated that the government may file an affidavit in the case, and he needed time to meet the officials concerned.
In august, the government filed a two-page affidavit denying ‘all and any allegations’. “Haven’t you already filed an affidavit?” the CJI referred to the august affidavit.
The Court issued pre-admission in the case on August 17. In fact, on that day, the government argued against a public hearing of case, citing national security concerns. It asked the court, instead, to allow it to form an independent committee of experts to look into Pegasus snooping reports.

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