Pegasus Panel Report in SC: No Conclusive Evidence to Show Spyware in 29 Phones; Govt Did Not Cooperate in Probe

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29 phones were submitted to the Pegasus panel, however Pegasus spyware was not found. The report added that in five phones some other malware was detected, 'but it cannot be concluded that it was Pegasus.

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NEW DELHI — The Pegasus panel in a report submitted in the Supreme Court said there was no conclusive evidence to show the presence of Pegasus spyware infected 29 phones scanned by it. Five of these phones were found to be affected by some malware but it was not sure if it was Pegasus spyware, report said, reports IANS.

Chief Justice N.V. Ramana read the report of the committee set up by it over the issue in the open court on Thursday.

The bench also comprising justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said the panel has submitted its ‘lengthy’ report in three parts — two reports of the technical committee and one report of the overseeing committee by a retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice RV Raveendran.

One part of the report suggested amending the law to protect the right to privacy of citizens and ensure cyber security of the nation, the bench said.

Technical committee reports say it appears 29 phones were given to the committee and they have found some malware…5 out of 29 phones had some malware, but not saying if it was due to Pegasus, court bench said.

The Pegasus panel in its report said that the Government of India didn’t cooperate in the probe.

The court will now hear the matter after four weeks.

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