Pegasus spyware row: Congress lauds Supreme Court for forming 3-member probe team

Senior Congress leader Ashwini Kumar hailed court's decision

The Supreme Court of India took strict actions by forming a three-member committee to oversee the probe in the Pegasus spyware snoopgate row on Wednesday.

 

Senior Congress leader Ashwini Kumar hailed the court's decision and termed the judgement as the court's reiteration of "non-negotiable constitutional right to privacy".

 

He added that the order reflects the court's authority as the 'custodian of the citizen's fundamental rights'.

 

Ashwani Kumar said, "I welcome the Supreme Court's order. It is a reiteration of the non-negotiable constitutional right to privacy. The order reinforces the court's claim as the custodian of the citizen's fundamental rights."

 

Congress leader Ashwani Kumar hails the court even as the government refused to produce clarity on this issue.

 

The court constituted the three-membered committee to overlook the technical committee probing the Israeli spyware case, The technical committee will be probing the issues which comprises cyber security, digital forensics, networks, and hardware.

 

SC has requested the committee to investigate the charges and present the report to the court in the next hearing which is scheduled after eight weeks. The technical committee involves Dr Prabaharan P, and Dr Ashwin Anil Gumaste, Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary.

 

While passing the judgement the court said,"The state cannot get a free pass every time by raising national security concerns. No omnibus prohibition can be called against judicial review. The Centre should have justified its stand here and not render the court a mute spectator."

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