Pegasus row: Supreme Court extends time of inquiry committee, asks for report by June 20

The Supreme Court has given time till June 20 to a court-appointed panel to conclude its probe into the Pegasus espionage controversy. The inquiry committee, headed by former apex court judge RV Raveendran, informed the court that 29 mobile devices have been checked apart from interactions with several journalists and experts.

Pegasus row: Supreme Court extends time of inquiry committee, asks for report by June 20
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given time till June 20 to a court-appointed panel to conclude its probe into the Pegasus espionage controversy. The inquiry committee, headed by former apex court judge RV Raveendran, informed the court that 29 mobile devices have been checked apart from interactions with several journalists and experts.


The technical committee is expected to submit its report to the Pegasus inspection panel by the end of May, after which the final report will be submitted to the top court by June 20.


Pegasus software is created by Israel-based NSO Group Technologies. This controversy not only came to the fore last year in India but also in other countries. At the time, the software maker stated that it only sold its services to governments.



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Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said the committee had developed its own software to test the equipment and had received feedback from government agencies.


"One aspect is with respect to inquiries - the digital forensic aspect to look into the use of Pegasus software. While the other is recommendations regarding cyber security. The first part comes under the technical committee and the second will be done by a three-member committee headed by a judge. goes."


In the Pegasus case, the technical committee says it is still in the process of finalizing the SOPs for Pegasus' test equipment. It will be finalized by the end of May.


A bench of CJI Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli, hearing the case, gave time to the technical committee to submit a report to Justice Raveendran.



Pegasus controversy


A collaborative investigation report conducted by 17 media organisations, the Pegasus Project, revealed that Pegasus spyware was used on ministers, opposition leaders, political strategists, journalists, activists, minority leaders, SC judges, religious leaders and Central Bureau of Investigation chiefs Was.


The opposition and activists attacked the government over allegations of espionage, rejecting its defense that no illegality had been committed by its agencies.




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