Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing before the top court on behalf of the Centre today told that the government will not file a detailed affidavit in response to multiple pleas seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping scandal. Mehta told the court that the government has nothing to hide and has itself instructed to constitute a panel of experts to scrutinize the matter.
“Report of Committee of domain experts will be made available to SC,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the apex court. The SG during the hearing said, “There is a facade created that the government does not want to reveal things. The government has nothing to hide”.
The Government had been instructed to file a detailed affidavit before the court and had twice taken time to submit its response. In response to Tushar Mehta’s stance for not filing a detailed affidavit, CJI, Ramana said, “We are repeatedly saying that we don’t want things on national security in the public domain. Petitioners have also said. Suppose the committee is formed. Its report will also come in the public domain”.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana had on September 7 had granted more time to the Centre to decide on filing a further response on the petitions after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that due to some difficulties he could not meet the officials concerned to take a decision on the filing of the second affidavit.
Supreme Court bench on August 17 issued notice before admission to the Central Government in a batch of petitions seeking probe into the Pegasus snooping controversy.
The Central Government filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that it has resolved to constitute a Committee of Experts which will examine all the issues pertaining to the alleged Pegasus snooping scandal.