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Pegasus snooping: SC directs parties to refrain from participating in parallel debates on social media

The apex court told petitioners that they ought to “have faith within the system” and refrain from participating in “parallel debates on social media”.
 

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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 10, 2021, 12:51 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to "parallel debate" on social media by a gaggle of individuals seeking a search into the Pegasus row.

The top court told petitioners that they ought to “have faith within the system” and refrain from participating in “parallel debates on social media”.

"Any of the petitioners who are interested in the matter and want to put forth their views, should refrain from using social media platforms, and discuss their queries through a proper debate. Have some respect for the system. There must be some discipline," SC told petitioners.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked for time till Friday, 13 August, to urge instructions from the Centre. The bench, also comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Surya Kant, allowed lawman Tushar Mehta, time till August 16 to require instructions on petitions for probe into the matter.

CJI Ramana said the court would take up the matters on Monday, 16 August as he's not available on Friday.

During the last case hearing on August 5, the top court had described the allegations as “serious” and had asked the parties to first supply copies of their petitions to the government counsel after which it might hear the matter again. “No doubt that the allegations about Pegasus are serious if the newspaper reports are correct,” the bench had.

An international media consortium has reported that over 300 verified Indian mobile numbers were on an inventory of potential targets for surveillance using Israeli firm NSO's Pegasus spyware. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, ace poll strategist Prashant Kishor, two serving Union Ministers, ex-Election Commissioner, 40 journalists among others were found to be on alleged leaked list of potential targets.

The forensic analysis of several mobile phones, consistent with the petitioners, belonging to people listed as potential targets by the safety Lab of Amnesty International have confirmed security breaches.

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