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Monday November 29, 2021

India’s top court orders probe into Pegasus snooping

By AFP
October 28, 2021

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an independent investigation into the alleged government use of Pegasus spyware on journalists, opposition politicians and activists with the chief justice calling the implications "Orwellian".

India was one of 45 countries where tens of thousands of numbers were targeted by the spyware made by Israeli firm NSO, according to leaked documents released this year.

More than 1,000 of the numbers were Indian and the Supreme Court order followed petitions from individuals that the chief justice N.V. Ramana said "raise an Orwellian concern". He added that the court had accepted the petitions because "there has been no specific denial" by the government.