The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing on a number of PILs seeking a probe into the Pegasus spyware scandal till Monday.
The top court told the petitioners that they should “have faith in the system” and not take part in “parallel debates on social media”.
The court postponed further hearing to Monday, after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government, sought more time to read and respond to the petitions.
Chief Justice NV Ramana, who is leading the bench that is hearing these petitions, reminded the petitioners and their lawyers that “when the matter is in court, it should be deliberated here”.
“Why have parallel debates? Whatever you are saying in the media… whatever queries are to be answered… once you come to this court, we expect the debate is taking place (here) and we expect they (the government) will answer the questions we put to them,” the Chief Justice said.
“There must be some discipline. If the petitioners want to say anything, or bring anything to the notice of the court, they can file an additional affidavit…” he added.
The court’s comments regarding “parallel debates” comes after it raised questions over an affidavit filed by senior journalist N Ram, one of the petitioners, in the last week hearing.
The Pegasus scandal involves allegations that an Indian client of the Israeli spyware used it to conduct illegal surveillance on opposition leaders, journalists and others.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, businessman Anil Ambani and others are on the alleged list of targets.
A furious opposition has cornered the government in Parliament on this issue, demanding a detailed discussion in the presence of Prime Minister Modi, and investigation into the allegations.