The court was told by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for N Ram and Sashi Kumar who have filed one of the pleas, that the government can't tell the apex court to 'shut your eyes'.
The pleas are related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO's spyware Pegasus.
The State government in its affidavit has called the Union government "non-committal and evasive" while justifying the setting up of a two-member Commission of Inquiry.
Govt telling SC it can't divulge its info in public is 'confession' that spyware was used: Chidambaram
The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that divulging information on whether the country uses spyware like Pegasus or not would involve national security aspect.
A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana sought the Centre's response on the pleas and said it will take up the matter after 10 days and see what course should be adopted.
With a view to dispel any wrong narrative spread by certain vested interests and with an object of examining the issues raised, it said, the government will constitute a committee of experts.
The independent experts, who focus on a number of rights issues under mandates from the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, are in “direct communication” with NSO and the Israeli government.
The three secretaries wrote to Tharoor conveying their unavailability to depose before the panel at its meeting on July 28.
NSO Group has been under increasing attack following allegations that its Pegasus software was used for surveillance of phones of people in several countries, including India.
Congress leader Manish Tewari said the introduction of bills amidst opposition protests is violation of the Constitution.
The video compiles these statements made by the opposition MPs in the Upper House, with the words "farmer" and "Pegasus" in the opening lines.
Talking to reporters in Delhi, Raut expressed surprise that the central government was not even paying heed to the Supreme Court's observation that the Pegasus case, if true, was a serious matter.
The Congress, TMC and other members continued to raise slogans in the well soon after it met for Question Hour.
For public posturing, though, the party asserts that the government is ready for discussion on any issue, including Pegasus, and it’s the Opposition that is running away.
The government has stuck to the strategy of passing as many bills as possible, which are essentially replacements for ordinances.