On August 25, the West Bengal government informed the Supreme Court that the commission set up to investigate the Pegasus spyware allegations would not proceed with the inquiry.
The two-member commission, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B Lokur and former Calcutta High Court Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, investigated the Pegasus spyware issue.
However, the West Bengal government informed that the investigation wouldn’t proceed until the apex court hears pleas relating to the case. There are several suspicions raised on the state government for appointing the committee.
Subsequently, the state government applied to the apex court, confirming that they’ve acted within the legal authority. They resorted to establishing a committee themselves since the central government didn’t show any interest.
Next week, the Supreme Court will pass a comprehensive order on several petitions related to the Pegasus spyware issue. The Supreme Court issued a notice last week to the West Bengal government to quash the two-member commission.
The court has asked the commission to wait, as the apex court is working on the subject. A petition was filed by the Global Village Foundation Public Charitable Trust to dissolve the commission. Advocate Harish Salve appeared for the NGO and submitted a response stating that a parallel commission cannot be formed for investigation when the Supreme Court already hears the issue.
The petition submitted by the NGO challenged the constitutionality of the commission. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the centre termed the commission’s functioning as “unconstitutional”.
On August 17, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Central government seeking an inquiry into the Pegasus spyware issue. The spyware was illegally used to snoop on activists, journalists, opposition leaders, ministers, businessmen, and businessmen and citizens.
The bench consisted of the Chief Justice of India, Justices Aniruddha Bose, and Kant. After issuing the notice, the advocates worked on further actions, including forming a committee and inquiry into the allegations. The notice came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, in a two-page affidavit, denied all allegations levied against the central government.
Around eleven petitions have been filed before the court by journalists Sashi Kumar, N Ram, Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, Minister John Brittas, Advocate ML Sharma, KN Govindacharya from RSS. Journalists Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Prem Shankar Jha, Ipsa Shatakshi, SNM Abdi, Rupesh Kumar Singh also approached the court alongside The Editors Guild of India (EGI) to set up an investigative commission into the Pegasus spyware matter.