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Pegasus case: “Disclosing whether Pegasus was used will not reveal National Security secrets”; SC gives Govt till tomorrow to decide regarding additional affidavit

The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of pleas seeking an impartial probe into alleged surveillance using spyware that was first exposed by the Forbidden Stories consortium. The Solicitor General of India was given time till tomorrow by the Supreme Court of India to check whether the Government of India will file an additional affidavit regarding the usage of Pegasus software. During the hearing today, the Solicitor General of India belittled the petitions by saying that there's an attempt to make a sensitive matter sensational, and also invoked National Security to try to avoid filing an additional affidavit. This followed arguments about whether an affidavit filed by Dr Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, MEITY, in this matter actually addressed concerns raised in the petitions. Kapil Sibal represented journalist N. Ram and Shashi Kumar, as well as the Editors Guild of India;…

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