New Delhi: The Pegasus case was heard in the Supreme Court on Monday. In the hearing, the central government has made it clear that it is not going to file an affidavit in this matter. Giving the reason, the Central Government said that in such cases affidavit cannot be filed. But he is ready to set up a panel to probe the allegations of espionage.
During the court hearing, Chief Justice (CJI) Ramana also showed strictness. He said the court wanted to know what the government was doing in this matter. In fact, in the hearing held earlier, the Central Government had filed an affidavit twice, but now outright refused. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, said whether any particular software was used for espionage is not a public domain issue. The matter can be investigated by a committee of independent domain experts and filed in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court expressed displeasure with the central government on the Pegasus issue. CJI Raman said that you are going back to the same thing again and again. The court wants to know what the government is doing. On the debate from the public domain, the court said that we are not going to the issues of national interest. Our limited concern is with the people. On the matter of forming a committee of the Central Government, the Supreme Court said that the appointment of the committee is not an issue. Rather, the purpose of the affidavit is to find out where you (government) stand.