According to a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana, 29 phones were checked and malware was detected in five of them, but there is no definitive proof of Pegasus spyware, and the committee informed the court that the Indian government did not help in its inquiry. “The Centre has not cooperated,” according to the report.
The Supreme Court is considering a report provided by a technical committee on the suspected use of Pegasus malware to eavesdrop on the phones of lawmakers, activists, and journalists.
The report is filed in three parts, according to the Supreme Court: two reports from the technical committee and one report from the supervisory committee, which is chaired by retired Justice RV Raveendran.
According to the statement, one section of the study would be made public on the Supreme Court’s website. “We will make the third part of Justice Raveendran’s report on recommendations public on our website,” the CJI stated, adding that the committee has requested that the whole report not be made public.
Some petitioners requested a copy of the report’s first two parts. The CJI remarked that the court will investigate the demand. “We don’t want to make any additional remarks until we’ve reviewed the complete report,” said Justice Ramana. When an advocate indicated his want to speak, CJI quipped, “After tomorrow, I will also give my views.”
The case was postponed for four weeks.
Following revelations that Israeli firm NSO Group’s spyware, Pegasus, was used to target numerous persons throughout the world, the Supreme Court created an expert committee to investigate whether Indian law enforcement forces received and deployed Pegasus.
According to the Indian news site “The Wire,” more than 142 persons were targeted. According to reports, Amnesty International’s Security Lab identified a security compromise after conducting forensic examination on several of the handsets.