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5 Aug 2021

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times

India: Supreme Court hears journalists’ petition for independent investigation into allegations govt. misused Pegasus spyware to surveil opposition, reporters & officials

"India’s highest court weighs Pegasus phone snooping inquiry", 5 August 2021.

India’s Supreme Court has begun hearing journalists’ pleas for an independent, court-supervised investigation into allegations that Narendra Modi’s government misused spyware to surveil opposition politicians, reporters and officials.

“No doubt, the allegations are serious, if the reports are true,” NV Ramana, India’s chief justice, said on Thursday...

Kapil Sibal, an attorney representing two journalists who have petitioned the court, argued that the suspected use of the surveillance tool on Indian citizens was “an assault on privacy, dignity and the values of our republic”...

Indian journalists and media organisations have appealed to the Supreme Court to set up an independent investigation — and determine who authorised any snooping...

Privacy activists and digital rights groups are worried about New Delhi’s surveillance of its citizens. In 2019, WhatsApp notified two dozen Indian activists, scholars and politicians that their phones had been hacked by commercial Israeli spyware. The only entity New Delhi blamed was WhatsApp...