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Pegasus case: Congress welcomes SC decision to set up expert committee

The petitioners opposed the government's request to form the committee and demanded a probe under the supervision of the apex court.

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New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision of appointing a three-member expert committee to look into the “misuse” of Pegasus spyware for surveillance.

Talking to Twitter, Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Welcome SC order setting up Spl Committee to examine misuse of spyware #Pegasus despite Modi Govts embarrassing attempts to evade, avoid & divert attention in the name of National Security.”

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Attacking the government, Surjewala said, “Pseudo-Nationalism is the last refuge of cowardly fascists everywhere.”

The committee will be headed by former Supreme Court judge R V Raveendran.

The petitioners in the Pegasus case alleged before the Supreme Court that the government carried out unauthorised surveillance against eminent citizens, politicians and journalists by using Pegasus software.

The Centre, however, denied the allegations and urged the court to allow it to form a committee of technical experts to examine the matter.

The petitioners opposed the government’s request to form the committee and demanded a probe under the supervision of the apex court.

During the Monsoon Session, Parliament had witnessed several adjournments over the Pegasus snooping issue.

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