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Advocate ML Sharma has moved Supreme Court seeking probe into the alleged use of spy software Peagsus by government(s) to snoop into the phones of politicians, activists and journalists.
The plea seeks court-monitored probe by Special Investigation Team into the reports of alleged snooping using Israeli spyware Pegasus.
Advocate Sharma mentioned in his plea stated that, “the Pegasus scandal is a matter of grave concern and a serious attack upon Indian democracy, judiciary and country security. The widespread and unaccountable use of surveillance is morally disfiguring.”
He further added, “Privacy is not about the wish to hide, as is often asserted. It is about having a space of one’s own where our thoughts and being are not the instrument of someone else’s purposes.”
“Pegasus is not just a surveillance tool. It is a cyber-weapon being unleashed on the Indian polity. Even if authorised (which is doubtful), the use of Pegasus poses a national security risk.” – stated plea
The present petition is being filed for the constitutional question of law as stated below -
In his plea, Advocate Sharma lays down various reasons for filing the present petition, few of them are stated below:
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