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Pegasus row: SC adjourns hearing to Sept 13 as Centre seeks more time

Pegasus row: SC adjourns hearing to Sept 13 as Centre seeks more time

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a batch of plea seeking probe into alleged misuse of Pegasus spyware to snoop on citizens as the Centre informed the top court that it will file a detailed affidavit by next Monday.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna had issued a notice to the Centre last month but made it clear then that it did not want the government to disclose anything which compromises national security.

Meanwhile, close to a dozen pleas have been filed, including the one filed by the Editors Guild of India, seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations.

Earlier on August 16, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to bring on record a detailed affidavit addressing the contentions of petitioners, whether the government bought Pegasus or used it, or it wasn't used at all. The Centre had informed the top court that to dispel any wrong narrative spread, it will constitute "a committee of experts in the field which will go into all aspects of the issue".

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, submitted before the bench that due to some difficulties, the affidavit, sought by the bench, could not be filed. He requested the top court to list the matter for hearing either on Thursday or Monday.

"There is some difficulty with the affidavit. We had filed one and you had enquired, if we want to file another one... some officers were not there" said Mehta

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing senior journalist N. Ram, submitted that he does not have any objection to Mehta's request. Further, the bench ordered the matter be listed on Monday.

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