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On August 5, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three separate pleas, which have been filed to seek an independent, unbiased probe into the issue of the Pegasus, and whether the government or any of its agencies, is snooping into the phones of the journalists, activists, opposition politicians and other eminent citizens, with the help of this spyware, made by Israel. The suspicion thickens as Israel has claimed that it has not sold the spyware to anyone else but vetted governments.
A bench, comprising of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant will hear the three different petitions, among which is the petition filed by veteran journalists N Ram and Shashi Kumar. Two other petitions have been filed on the same in the apex court by advocate M L Sharma and John Brittas, who have also sought a court-monitored probe with the help of a Special Investigation Team.
The petitions have stated that the use of spyware to probe and hack into the phones of citizens is a punishable offence according to the Indian Constitution.