Pegasus, The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it would not file a detailed affidavit in the Pegasus row, as it concerns national security.
The Centre was directed by the Supreme Court to file affidavit in response to the multiple petitions that were filed against the alleged use of Pegasus spyware.
The petitions alleged “illegal surveillance” of mobile phones of Indian citizens using the Israeli-made software.
“It is the government’s view that such statements on this issue cannot be made through affidavits… we cannot let terrorists know what software is being used…” solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the court.
“The Supreme Court has given a reasonable and fair opportunity to file detailed affidavit to know its stand on crucial issues linked to petitions. If the government does not, then the Supreme Court will hear parties and pass appropriate orders,” a bench of Supreme Court told SG Mehta.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising chief justice NV Ramana and justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli was hearing the matter.
“…we are not interested to know what you are doing to protect interest of the country, etc. Your minister admitted that government taken note of software being used. Appointing a committee or making inquiry is not the question here. If you file an affidavit then we know where you stand,” CJI Ramana said.