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Supreme Court committee monitoring Pegasus matter; report awaited: Govt source

The inquiry committee — set up under the supervision of retired Supreme Court judge R V Raveendran — has also published a newspaper advertisement on January 2 calling for submission of phones by people who claim their devices were infected by Pegasus.

January 29, 2022 / 05:17 PM IST
The Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court of India

A government source on Saturday said that the matter related to Pegasus software is being monitored by a committee under the Supreme Court and its report is awaited.

The source said that the inquiry committee — set up under the supervision of retired Supreme Court judge R V Raveendran — has also published a newspaper advertisement on January 2 calling for submission of phones by people who claim their devices were infected by Pegasus. "Matter (is) already with the Supreme Court. The court has constituted a committee under the supervision of retired judge Raveendran. The committee's report (is) awaited," the source said.

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