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Judicial panel on Pegasus is unconstitutional: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in SC hearing

The hearing focused on a state-appointed commission whose role is to investigate how the Pegasus surveillance was done, who was involved, and whether it stifles speech.  “It is unconstitutional,” said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta when the Supreme Court of India (SC) was hearing a petition to quash a two-member commission of inquiry (headed by retired justice Madan Lokur) set up by the West Bengal (WB) government to probe news reports of purported surveillance on Indians using Pegasus spyware, Bar & Bench tweeted. The tweet also said that the SC has issued notices to the WB and Union governments seeking their reply to the petition by the next hearing set for August 25. https://twitter.com/barandbench/status/1427872287437443075 The Pegasus Project, a consortium of 17 media organisations led by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, carried out an investigation that revealed a data leak of more…

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