There was a huge uproar over the Pegasus espionage scandal that came to light just before the monsoon session of Parliament. Several petitions are pending in the Supreme Court seeking an independent inquiry into it.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear further on Monday on an independent investigation into the Pegasus espionage case. Some people of the country have been accused of spying through phones from Israeli software. The issue had cropped up during the monsoon session of Parliament.

A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana heard the matter on September 7. On that day Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had sought some more time to respond to the government on several petitions filed regarding this matter. Mehta had said that he could not meet the officials concerned due to some difficulties to file the second affidavit on behalf of the government.

Earlier, the central government had filed an affidavit saying that the petitions seeking an independent probe in the Pegasus espionage case are based on conjectures or baseless media reports or incomplete or unconfirmed information. The apex court had on August 17 issued notice to the Center on the petitions, making it clear that it did not want the government to disclose anything that could compromise national security.

In its brief affidavit, the Central Government had said that IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has already clarified the government’s position in the Parliament on this matter.

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