The Supreme Court of India has ordered an independent probe into the government’s alleged ‘Orwellian’ use of the Pegasus spyware, made by Israeli firm NSO, to monitor activists, opposition politicians and reporters.
Following petitions from reported targets of the spyware, the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice N.V. Ramana ruled on Wednesday that an independent investigation should be conducted into the substance of the allegations levelled against the government.
The Chief Justice announced the investigation and stated that Pegaus was reported to have been used. “raises an Orwellian concern,”Notifying government officials they can’t get a “free pass”You can raise “the specter of national security.”
Following the offering of the government by the court, they accepted the petitions and ordered an independent investigation. “no specific denial” in response to the suggestion it had targeted people with NSO’s technology.
Leaked documents earlier this year suggested that India was one of 45 countries that had seen tens of thousands of people around the world targeted by the Israeli firm’s Pegasus spyware. More than 1000 people, including journalists and activists in India were believed to have been affected by the monitoring technology.
Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of opposition and critics of the government are all believed to be among the people who were allegedly being watched.
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However, the Indian government has not yet made a public statement denying that the Pegasus software was used by them. They claim that national security issues prevent them from discussing the issue. The Indian government has offered to form its own investigative committee.
The Pegasus spyware works by targeting communication devices directly, providing those using the product with access to their target’s messages, photos and locations, allowing them to effectively monitor them.
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