A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana stated today that following the examination of 29 phones and the presence of malware in five of them, there is still no concrete evidence of Pegasus spyware.
The Chief Justice remarked that the committee has said that the Indian government is not cooperating.
The Supreme Court is reviewing a report on the alleged use of Pegasus spyware to eavesdrop on journalists, legislators, and activists that a technical committee filed it established.
The Supreme Court’s highest court said the report was delivered in three parts. Two reports from the technical committee and one from the supervisory committee, both written by retired Justice RV Raveendran.
It said that a portion of the report would be made available online via the Supreme Court’s website.
The CJI said, “We will be making the third part of the report by Justice Raveendran on recommendations public on our website,” adding that the committee had requested that the whole report not be made available to the general public.
Some requested a copy of the report’s first two portions from the petitioners. The court will review the demand, according to the CJI.
Justice Ramana said, “We don’t want to make further remarks without reading the report.
When one advocate indicated he wanted to voice his opinions, CJI said lightheartedly, “After tomorrow, I will also speak my viewpoint.”
The case was postponed for a month.
This expert group was established to investigate whether Indian law enforcement agencies had acquired and deployed Pegasus, an Israeli spyware device of military grade.