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What SC-Appointed Committee on Pegasus Told Supreme Court?

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   25 Aug 2022 8:17 AM GMT
What SC-Appointed Committee on Pegasus Told Supreme Court?
The much-talked-about Pegasus spyware row has put the union government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party in a tight spot. The saffron party faced severe criticism from all corners and the Pegasus spyware row even reached the Supreme Court too. CJI NV Ramana formed a committee to probe the matter.

The panel was formed under the leadership of retired Supreme Court judge R. V. Raveendran. The body was constituted to see if really the electronic devices were compromised with the help of the Pegasus spyware. The committee is said to have given its initial report to the Supreme Court bench led by CJI NV Ramana.

The media reports say that the special committee has examined 29 mobile phones as part of the probe and found that there are traces of malware in five phones out of the examined ones. Having said that, the committee reportedly said that we can say that the malware is Pegasus.

In its report, the special committee is believed to have maintained that malware is found in five out of the examined devices but there is no proof that the malware is due to the pegasus spyware. The Supreme Court listed the next hearing to four weeks later.

Though the report is the first step and further probe is underway, it is a big relief to the union government that no proof of Pegasus was found. The government might face a tough time in the upcoming reports if there is any troubling issue. But as of now, the report found no proof of Pegasus.

This is surely a big relief for the union government which faced severe criticism and heat on the Pegasus row. The opposition parties created a big issue out of it and the Parliament was also rocked by the protests. Parties like the grand old Congress and TMC which is in ruling in West Bengal hit the roads against this.

The report also raised a problematic point for the union government. The committee alleged that the Centre is not cooperating with it in probing the matter. So the report gave relief and headache at the same time.