SC grants more time to the center to respond over Pegasus snoop gate

A bench of 3 judges was headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana. Earlier, the bench issued notice to the Centre on the pleas on August 17, while making it clear that it does not want the government to compromise on national security.

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On Tuesday, The Supreme Court adjourned a plea seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snoop gate matter. The court has granted some extra time to the government to file its response on the matter. The plea will be heard on September 13.

A bench of 3 judges was headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana. Earlier, the bench issued notice to the Centre on the pleas on August 17, while making it clear that it does not want the government to compromise on national security.

As the court began hearing this morning, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, asked for some more time from the bench citing difficulties in creating an affidavit. Hence, it cannot be filed. He further asked for a delay in listing the case either for Thursday or next Monday.

SG Tushar Mehta said, “There is some difficulty with the affidavit. Earlier, we filed one and you had enquired if we want to file another one, some officers were not there. Can this matter be kept on Thursday or Monday?” At present, Court is hearing 12 such pleas about the Pegasus snoop gate matter. One of the affidavits is also filed by the editor’s guild of India seeking an independent probe into the matter.

According, to an International Media House. Over 300 Indian nationals consisting of Politicians, Actors, and Journalists, etc. were potentially on Govt. surveillance by Pegasus software. IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had already addressed the issue during the Parliament Monsoon session and the Centre has given its response in early affidavits.

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