CPI (M) MP John Brittas moves SC for Pegasus spyware snooping probe

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New Delhi: John Brittas, Rajya Sabha MP from CPI (M) filed a PIL in Supreme Court seeking a Court monitored investigation in the alleged Pegasus snooping case. In his PIL the MP said that despite the very serious nature of the allegations.

The Central Government has not launched a probe but made only a hopeful hope that the time tested processes in our country are well established to ensure that unauthorised surveillance does not occur.

He also said in his PIL that the Government has neither denied nor admitted the snooping by the spyware. He has also said that the allegations lead to two inferences either snooping was done by the Indian Government or by a foreign agency.

He expressed concern that the list of those who were potential targets in India includes opposition politicians, journalists, a former Election Commissioner, and the staffer of the former SC Judge accused of sexual harassment.

As the interceptions are said to be done in the gadgets of judges and Supreme Court staffer, there is a strong interference with the administration of justice. This is unprecedented and shocking to the conscience of the judicial system. The aspect of interception in the phones of former EC member shows that fundamentals of democracy and free and fair elections are also shaken, he said in his PIL.

The use of Pegasus spyware in an unauthorized manner in the country is in violation of fundamental rights under Articles 19(1) (a) and 21, he said.

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