Earlier, an international media consortium had reported that over 300 verified Indian mobile phone numbers were on the list of potential targets for surveillance.
To a question that the apex court declined the government's submission to allow it to appoint an expert panel, Patra said this is not an issue as "experts are experts".
Pegasus row: SC appoints probe panel, says state can't get 'free pass' every time national security is raised
Indiscriminate spying on individuals in a democratic country cannot be allowed, said the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana.
The Supreme Court has appointed a three-member panel of experts to probe into the alleged use of Israeli spyware Pegasus for surveillance of some persons.
The top court urged its former judge Justice R V Raveendran to oversee the functioning of the three member panel and sought a report expeditiously from the committee.
PWD Secretary Sandeep Saxena and Cauvery Technical Cell’s chairman, R Subramanian, represented Tamil Nadu in the meeting which lasted about 75 minutes.
The top court also said that equality is a definite concept that has an inherent limitation arising from the very nature of the constitutional guarantee.
It submitted before the apex court that the plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay is not maintainable, devoid of merits and liable to be dismissed.
The court also asked the Uttar Pradesh government, represented by senior advocates Harish Salve and Garima Prasad, to record the statements of other relevant witnesses before judicial magistrates.
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The bench also asked the Registrar General of the High Court of Rajasthan at Jaipur to submit a report pointing out exactly what happened on September 27, 2021.
'We will be giving possession letters to the 150 home buyers in a small ceremony planned for Diwali,' the court receiver told the top court.
The bench further said that the country has gone through a very critical stage during the pandemic and India is not the only country where vaccination is underway.
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The bench then posted the matter for Wednesday
The apex court was hearing a petition challenging the change in land use of plot number one from recreational area to residential.