The Supreme Court on Friday extended the time for filing the report by the technical and supervisory committees appointed by the Supreme Court to hear the Pegasus case, saying that 29 “infected” mobile phones are being checked for spyware and the process will need time until the end of the month.
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29 mobile devices are screened. They have developed their own software. They also issued notices to agencies including the government and journalists and called for objections as well… He has been praying for some time to present his report now and it is being processed. “We’ll give them time,” CJI said.
Pegasus hearing: SC says the tech told the supervising judge that it tested 29 devices, and logged data. The connection from my report will probably end at the end of May. Then the supervising judge will add comments. So sought more time. Application for SC scholarships for time. To hear back in July. Tweet embed
– Ananthakrishnan G (axidentaljourno) May 20 2022
The court, which includes judges Surya Kant and Hema Kohli, asked the commission to expedite the examination of the mobile devices, preferably within four weeks, and send its report to the supervising judge.
Allowing time for the application, she informed the court that it would consider the matter next July.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who is representing the plaintiffs, urged the court to publish the report. But Attorney General Tushar Mehta disputed that, saying it was only an interim report.
The court had appointed a committee to investigate the matter on October 27 last year. Alok Joshi, a former IPS officer (class of 1976) and Sandeep Oberoi, Sub-Committee Chair of the (ISO/International Electrotechnical Commission/JTC), assist Judge Ravindran in the investigation.
The three technical members of the committee are Navin Kumar Chaudhary, Professor (Cyber Security and Digital Forensics) and Dean, National University of Forensic Sciences, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Prabharan B, Professor (College of Engineering), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapitham, Amritapuri, Kerala and Ashwin Anil Jumasti, Associate Professor In Institute (Computer Science and Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra.