The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Pegasus espionage case on Friday. Veteran journalist N. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the petition of Ram and Shashi Kumar. The petition, filed by journalists, sought a direction for an independent investigation by its sitting or retired judge into the Pegasus spying scandal.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, referring the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant, said that the civil liberties of citizens, politicians, opposition parties, journalists and court staff have been kept under watch.
He stressed that this is an issue which has been mired all over the world including India and the issue needs urgent hearing. After Sibal’s arguments, the bench said it may hear the matter next week.
The petitioners sought a direction to the Center to disclose whether any of its agencies have obtained licenses for Pegasus spyware or have allegedly used it directly or indirectly to carry out surveillance.
The petition claims that hacking is a criminal offense punishable, inter alia. 66 (Computer-related offences), 66B (Punishment for dishonestly obtaining stolen computer resources or communication equipment), 66E (Punishment for breach of privacy) and 66F (Punishment for cyber terrorism) punishable with imprisonment or fine under the IT Act. punishable with.
Let us tell you that the opposition is creating a ruckus in the monsoon session of Parliament in the Pegasus espionage case. The proceedings of the House are also not going on properly. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi had asked the government not to waste much time of Parliament and let the opposition raise the issues of inflation, farmers and Pegasus in the House.
Why Pegasus case is important:
The petitioner has said that surveillance technology is being used extensively and it is a matter of global security and human rights. It has had an impact all over the world. Pegasus is not only a surveillance tool but it is also a cyber weapon. Even if espionage is legal, it is still a threat to national security. It said, ‘Pegasus is not the only monitoring tool. It is a cyber-weapon that is being used against the Indian government machinery.
Petitioner ML Sharma said, ‘Privacy is not a desire to hide anything. It is such a place of our own, where our thoughts and our existence are not the means of any other purpose. It is an essential element for dignity.’ The petition states that Pegasus is not only used for listening to conversations, but through its use, complete digital information about a person’s life is acquired and this not only renders the owner of the phone helpless, but also his contacts. Everyone on the list feels that way.