The pleas seeking an independent probe 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the Opposition is demanding a probe and Parliament sessions are being affected, then this matter must be investigated, Hindustani Awami Morcha founder told the media.
Manickam Tagore and Manish Tewari on Wednesday gave adjournment notices in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.
Activists of the National Students’ Union of India on Monday held a protest against the central government over the Pegasus snooping row outside Shastri Bhavan.
The move comes soon after the BJP levelled serious allegations against the opposition parties that they were not allowing the Parliament to function.
Pegasus spyware: Senior journalists move SC seeking independent enquiry into government snooping allegations
The petition ought a direction to the Centre to disclose if the govt or any of its agencies obtained license for Pegasus spyware and used it to conduct surveillance in any manner.