The Rajya Sabha MP of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), John Brittas moved to the Supreme Court to demand a Special Investigation Team for inquiring into the Pegasus snooping case. The writ petition filed by him urged for an “immediate court-monitored investigation.”
The plea focused on the revelations of Amnesty International’s Security Lab that clearly mentioned 10 Indian phone numbers present in the date, showing signs of attempted or successful attempts of the Pegasus hack.
Earlier, to defend the government as a party to the Pegasus spyware case, a controversial statement was given by the Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnav in the Parliament which said, “ no unauthorized interception” had taken place. Referring to which, the plea mentioned that the statement by Vaishnav neither admits the allegation nor denies it. Rather, it leaves an inferential question in the minds of people- Whether the interception was allowed? The plea called it an "evasive statement" by the government and stated that considering the grievousness of the matter, it should have put up an SIT for its investigation by now.
“The Government has unequivocally accepted the statement of the company, NSO, which owns the alleged spyware technology and blindly accepted their version without any investigation", the plea said.
According to the petitioner, the case involves the violation of fundamental rights under Article 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution and includes violation of the sec. 69 of Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2000, Section 92 of the Criminal Procedure Code, Rule 419(a) of the Indian Telegraph Rules and provisions of Section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, calling for strict panel punishment.
The petition also involved the reference to the cut-throat article published by The Wire that mentioned almost 40 Indian journalists, the staff of SC who raised sexual harassment allegations against the ex- CJI, opponent leader Rahul Gandhi, election strategist Prashant Kishor, businessman Anil Ambani, former CBI director Alok Verma, and various other big names, in the hacking list. It indicated the presence of people in the list who were specifically the people of interest for the ruling party.
The plea read: “The spending of sovereign amount for personal and political interests of the ruling party cannot be permitted.”
Rumors also have it that the case of Raj Kundra’s involvement in the pornography industry is being used as a diversion for Pegasus snooping case.