The Supreme Court will establish an independent committee next week to investigate the Pegasus spyware controversy, media said Thursday.
“We wanted to pass an order on the matter before this week … but some members that we plan to consider for the (expert) committee (on Pegasus) … for personal reasons, denied being part of this committee. Hence the delay. “said Chief Justice NV Ramana, according to the NDTV and Times of India websites.
“We will try to pass an order on Pegasus next week,” he reportedly said.
On September 13, the court reserved its order, saying it only wanted to know whether or not the Center used Pegasus spyware through illegal methods to allegedly spy on citizens.
The Center had steadfastly refused to submit an affidavit citing national security on grounds of seeking an independent investigation into the spy line, PTI reported.
The pleas for an independent investigation are related to reports of alleged spies by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes using Pegasus spyware from the Israeli company NSO.
An international media consortium has reported that more than 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on the list of possible targets for surveillance using Pegasus spyware.