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India’s Supreme Court orders independent probe into Pegasus snooping claims

The Independent 27 Oct 2021
India’s top court on Wednesday appointed an independent committee to probe the allegations that prime minister Narendra Modi’s government used the Israeli military-grade spyware Pegasus to snoop on sitting members of Parliament, judges, journalists, and activists.
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India’s Supreme Court orders investigation into allegations government used Pegasus spyware to monitor journalists and politicians

Russia Today 27 Oct 2021
The Supreme Court of India has ordered an independent probe into the government's alleged ... It is believed that more than a thousand people in India, including activists, opposition politicians and reporters, were the victims of monitoring through the use of the technology.
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SC appoints expert committee to probe Pegasus snooping allegations

Business Line 27 Oct 2021
A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, explained that it decided to refuse the Centre’s offer to appoint an expert committee to investigate the allegations because “such a course of action would violate the settled judicial principle against bias, i.e., that ‘justice must not only be done, but also be seen to be done’.”.
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Center cannot evoke ‘national security’ to escape Pegasus: SC

The Siasat Daily 27 Oct 2021
The Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had submitted that the Government can’t be compelled to disclose whether it is using a particular software for surveillance, as it could alert terror groups ... “They want the government of India to divulge which software is not used.
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"The State cannot get free pass every time by raising national security concerns," says SC; ...

International Business Times 27 Oct 2021
In a strong-worded judgement, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) said that "unreasonable espionage of people is not acceptable at all." ... The names of activists, journalists, and politicians in the country were published by the media ... India logs 13,451 new Covid cases, over 103 Cr doses of vaccine administered so far.
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SC orders formation of independent expert committee to probe Pegasus revelations

Hindustan Times 27 Oct 2021
A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, said that retired SC judge RV Raveendran will supervise the functioning of the technical committee, which will look into the “truth or falsity of the allegations” and will submit a report “expeditiously” ...Privacy is not the singular concern of journalists or social activists.
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Pegasus snooping row chronology

The Times of India 27 Oct 2021
NEW DELHI ... - Jul 18. News outlets globally report military-grade spyware made by Israeli firm used for spying on journalists, activists, politicians across the world – including India. - Jul 22 ... - Jul 27 ... - Aug 5 ... - Aug 16 ... - Aug 17 ... .
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A timeline of the Pegasus snooping scandal

Indian Express 27 Oct 2021
It also sought prosecution of “all accused persons/ministers for buying of Pegasus and snooping on citizens of India” – including politicians, journalists and activists – “for their vested political interest since 2017” ... They also sought a moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of Israeli firm NSO’s Pegasus spyware in India.
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Facebook papers on fake news, hate speech: Govt works on report

Indian Express 27 Oct 2021
The report is likely to be prepared and finalised over this week, and contain details such as how Facebook failed to check the spread of misinformation and hate speech on its platform in India primarily because it did not have the right tool to flag or monitor content in Hindi and Bengali ... India has over 34 crore Facebook users.
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Compelled to determine truth: SC sets up expert panel to probe Pegasus allegations

Suryaa 27 Oct 2021
"Privacy is not the singular concern of journalists or social activists. Every citizen of India ought to be protected against violations of privacy", emphasized the bench, adding this right is directly infringed when there is surveillance on an individual, either by state or any external agency.
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Welcome SC move to order probe into Pegasus issue: BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra

Indian Express 27 Oct 2021
Maintaining that the State does not get a free pass every time the spectre of national security is raised, the apex court on Wednesday set up an inquiry headed by a retired judge into the allegations that Pegasus software was used to snoop on journalists, activists and politicians in India ... For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.
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9 convicted for role in 2013 Patna blasts at Modi rally venue

Hindustan Times 27 Oct 2021
Additional district and sessions judge Gurwinder Singh Malhotra will pronounce the quantum of the sentence on November 1 after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the defence lawyers ... Copy Link ... Four unexploded devices were also found ... Also Read ... He added the convicts were former Students’ Islamic Movement of India activists ... ....
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Criminalizing dissent: Indian authorities abduct thousands to silence Kashmiris

The Wire Network 26 Oct 2021
The Indian authorities during the arbitrary abduction campaign arrested anyone they choose; including teachers, journalists and human rights activists ... Journalists and Human Rights Activists in Kashmir have also become targets of ruthlessness in Kashmir for exposing Indian crimes and violations.
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SC to pronounce judgment tomorrow in Pegasus spyware case

The Siasat Daily 26 Oct 2021
On September 23, the Chief Justice of India had said that the Court was thinking of setting up a technical committee to look into the allegations of snooping of journalists, activists, politicians etc., using the Pegasus spyware developed by the Israeli company NSO ... of India.
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