SC announces Expert Committee for probing Pegasus issue

Wed Oct 27 2021 13:29:09 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

The Supreme Court which had earlier raised its concerns over the allegedrn spy against the Indian citizens had called for a comprehensive probe rninto the matter and the members of the committee were also announced by rnthe bench of the Apex Court on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court rnbench headed by Chief Justice of India(CJI) NV Ramana which also rncomprises justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli had issued orders to set uprn an experts committee that was given the responsibility of looking into rnthe spyware issue that was dubbed as Pegasus row. The committee will rncomprise three members.

The three-member committee will have Dr. rnNaveen Kumar Chaudhary, Professor at the National Forensic Sciences rnUniversity, who is specialised in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, rnDr. Prabaharan P, Professor at Kerala's Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and rnDr. Ashwin Anil Gumaste of IIT Bombay as the members.

As rnannounced earlier, the Supreme Court had appointed a retired Supreme rnCourt judge as to the head of the ex[pert committee. The former judge rnwill monitor the probe process. The Court will hear the next hearing in rnthe case after eight weeks and the committee is likely to submit its rnfirst daf in the probe in the next hearing.

The Apex Court had rnannounced that RV Raveendran, former justice at the Supreme Court, rnex-IPS Alok Joshi, and Dr. Sandeep Oberoi would act as the heads of the rncommittee and would look after the probe process.

During the rnarguments, the Supreme Court said that they cannot compromise on rnnational security and free speech. The Top court said that it has rndecided to launch the probe after the petitioners have sought the same rnand the court did not see any reason not to accept the same.

Earlier,rn the Supreme Court had expressed its dissatisfaction over the way the rnunion government handled the issue and gave its response. At one point, rnthe Centre said that it has no intention of filing an affidavit on the rnissue before the court.

When the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, rnrepresenting the union government told the Supreme Court that the bunch rnof petitions seeking a probe were motivated, the Apex Court was not rnhappy with that and said that beating around the bushes will not help inrn sorting out the issue.