SC Likely to Set up Expert Panel to Probe Pegasus Row; to Pass Order Next Week
The Pegasus case was not listed on Thursday and CJI Ramana made the mention to Singh during another matter.
The Supreme Court is likely to set up a Technical Expert Committee to inquire into the alleged Pegasus snooping row, CJI NV Ramana indicated on Thursday, 23 September.
The chief justice said this orally to senior advocate Chander Uday Singh, who is appearing in one of the Pegasus petitions.
The Pegasus case was not listed on Thursday and not mentioned by anybody either. CJI Ramana made the mention to Singh during another matter, Singh said.
The senior advocate added that CJI Ramana wanted to inform him about the reasons for not passing the Pegasus order this week, and wanted me to convey this to Kapil Sibal and all other counsel in the matter.
The apex court said it will pass orders next week on pleas seeking independent probe into the Pegasus snooping matter.
The CJI said that the SC wanted to pass orders this week. However, as some members it had in mind for the committee expressed inability to join owing to personal difficulties, the order has been adjourned, LiveLaw reported.
The SC will finalise the members of the committee soon, CJI Ramana added.
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST HEARING?
At the last hearing of the case on 13 September, Ramana had told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Union government, that "beating around the bush" will not resolve the issue. The CJI was unhappy with the Centre's reluctance in submitting details of the alleged Pegasus snooping operation in an affidavit.
The government had told the Supreme Court it didn't wish to file a detailed affidavit on pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping, citing national security reasons.
A three-member bench, headed by CJI Ramana, during a hearing of the case on 7 September, had granted the Union government time to file a further response on the pleas.
The government, however, in the hearing on Monday, 20 September, expressed its refusal to share the affidavit, and instead prayed that a committee of domain experts should look into the petitions filed.
The Supreme Court reserved its interim orders on the petitions seeking an independent probe.
With inputs from LiveLaw)
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