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All about Editors Guild of India’s petition which seeks SIT probe into Pegasus spyware controversy

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The petition alleged that Pegasus surveillance violated Freedom of Press and argued that citizens had a right to know if the government was responsible for the use of such cyber weapons.  "Citizens of India have a right to know if the Executive government is infringing the limits of their authority under the Constitution...," the Editors Guild of India said while requesting the Supreme Court in a petition to appoint a court-monitored Special Investigation Team to probe the Pegasus spyware controversy. Why it matters? Since there has not been any intervention from the Indian government regarding the Pegasus spyware controversy — surveillance attempts that potentially targeted several Indian activists, politicians, and journalists — many have been forced to look towards the Indian judiciary for relief regarding the matter. Concerns about the Indian government's inaction on the issue are notable since Israel-based NSO Group, the creator of the spyware, maintains that they only sell their products to vetted governments and their agencies. Many of the alleged targets including former Election Commission member Ashok Lavasa and others have been critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Indian government at one time or the other. The petition by the Editors Guild of India and journalist Mrinal Pande filed under Article 32 of the Constitution (right to individuals to move the Supreme Court to seek justice when they feel that their right has been deprived), seeks the Supreme Court's direction to the Indian government under Articles 14 (equality before law), 19 (freedom of speech and expression),…

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