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Supreme Court agrees to hear Pegasus dispute, independent investigation has been demanded in Aji

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Pegasus phone hacking controversy has now reached the Supreme Court. On Friday, the top court decided to hear petitions seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus dispute. The court has said to hear this petition next week. Senior journalist N. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal presented his side on the application filed by Ram and Shashi Kumar. After hearing his side, the top court said to hear the application next week. Kapil Sibal, appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramanna, said it needed to be heard in view of the wider implications of the alleged espionage.

To this the CJI said, “We will list it for next week.” The petition said the alleged espionage is a hallmark of the efforts of agencies and organizations to suppress and discourage free expression of protest in India. Significantly, an international media association has said in its report that more than 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers have been placed in the list of potential targets for surveillance through Israel’s Pegasus spyware. This application was filed on July 27, in which there has been a demand for a probe into the matter headed by a sitting or retired judge.

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In the application, the use of spyware is a violation of the right to privacy and expression

Not only this, it has also been demanded in the PIL that the Supreme Court should order the Central Government to tell whether it has taken an order to use Pegasus spyware or not. It has been said in the petition that it is military spyware and its use on ordinary citizens cannot be accepted. It has been said in the application that such spying is a violation of the right to privacy, which has been described as a fundamental right in Article 14 of the Constitution. Apart from this, it is also a violation of the rights of expression and personal liberty.

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