The Chief Justice said that we have given enough time to the Central Government to file a reply. We thought that the government would file an affidavit and the further course of action would be decided. Now the only issue left is whether an interim order should be passed in this matter. Supreme Court to Announce Judgement on Pegasus Spyware Case Tomorrow
The Supreme Court will announce its verdict on Wednesday on a petition seeking SIT probe by the petitioners in the Pegasus Spyware case. Earlier, the Supreme Court had reserved its decision on passing an interim order on September 13, saying that the central government did not want to file an affidavit.
The petitioner has requested that there should be an independent investigation or SIT investigation in the matter and the investigation should be headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice. On September 23, the Supreme Court had indicated that it was going to set up a technical expert committee to probe the Pegasus Spyware case. The Supreme Court, while making oral remarks in the open court. That will form a technical expert committee to investigate the Pegasus Spyware case and the matter will be decided soon.
This observation of the Supreme Court was significant as the central government had said that it wanted to constitute an expert committee on its own. On September 13, a bench headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana said on behalf of the central government. He said that it does not want to file an affidavit in view of national security and wider public interest in the matter. Solicitor General of the Central Government Tushar Mehta had said that there can be no illegal surveillance. Tapping under the IT Act and the Telegraph Act. We will form a committee to investigate the matter.
The government's stand that whether this particular software has been used or cannot be given in the form of an affidavit. The Chief Justice said that we have given enough time to the Central Government to file a reply. But she does not want to file the affidavit. We thought that the government would file an affidavit and the further course of action would be decided. But now the only issue left is whether an interim order should be passed in this matter. So we are considering whether to pass an interim order.