New Delhi: Several weeks after it surfaced, the Pegasus row continues to remain in spotlight. A day after the Centre refused to file a detailed affidavit regarding the spyware scandal citing security issues, Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala lashed out at the BJP government for insulting the apex court.
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Surjewala said, “Modiji, not answering the questions of the Supreme Court is also its contempt. Such ego of power is an insult of the country and the Constitution. Straight questions—Has the government misused Pegasus? Yes or no? The entire country and the court are asking.”
Multiple petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions for detailed probe in the Pegasus scandal. On Monday, while refusing to file the detailed affidavit, the Centre had asserted that it did not have anything to hide. It argued that information about use of such software could not become part of an affidavit or subject of public discourse and that target groups, terror groups should not know what software was being used.
The Supreme Court observed that while it appreciated the security concerns, the government had only been asked to respond to claims of hacking of individuals’ phones.
Justice Surya Kant said, “Last time also national security arose and we clarified nobody… is going to intervene in a way that affects national security. We asked you there are claims of individual phones being hacked… so file your affidavit on whether it was authorized.”
The court observed that the government did not want to file the affidavit. It has reserved its interim order and asked the Centre to respond within two-three days if the latter changes its stance on the issue.
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