The inquiry committee constituted by the Supreme Court in the much-discussed Pegasus espionage case today presented its report in the apex court. The committee had examined 29 mobile phones. Of these, it has found malware software in five. However, it could not be determined that it was Pegasus.
The committee presented its report in three parts to the Supreme Court. Part of it states that a law should be made to protect the right to privacy of the citizens. The committee found malware in the investigation of five mobiles, however, it could not be determined that it was Pegasus software.
The report of the committee, headed by retired Justice Raveendran, will be uploaded on the website of the Supreme Court. Whereas the petition for giving the revised part of other reports to the concerned parties will be considered. The court said that the report of the committee headed by Justice Raveendran is of general nature.
In the report presented in the apex court, the committee has said that 29 phones were given to the technical inquiry committee. Malware software is suspected in five, ie external virus or software. This is Pegasus software itself, it is not confirmed yet. The committee has also made some important recommendations in the report presented in the apex court. Part of the report will be uploaded on the website.
Center cooperated in the investigation:
The Technical and Supervisory Committees constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the Pegasus spyware row have said in their report that the central government did not cooperate in the investigation. The top court will now hear the matter further after four weeks.
Apart from CJI NV Raman, who is retiring yesterday, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli were also present in the bench for hearing. One part of the three-part investigation report recommended enactment of laws to protect privacy and ensure the country’s cyber security.
Inquiry was ordered last year:
The Supreme Court on October 27 last year ordered an investigation into allegations of the Israeli company’s Pegasus spyware being used by government agencies to spy on the country’s politicians, journalists and activists. A committee was formed to investigate the allegations of espionage.
It included three experts from the fields of cyber security, digital forensics, network and hardware. They were asked to interrogate, investigate and determine whether Pegasus spyware was used to spy on the country’s citizens. The responsibility of supervising the committee was given to Justice Raveendran.