Pegasus Investigation Report to remain in sealed cover despite containing evidence that 5 phones had malware

The committee of experts (‘Committee’) constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian citizens recently submitted its report with the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope (‘Report’). This Report was opened for the first time by the Bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana (‘CJI’), Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli in open court. The CJI read some parts of the Report, and revealed that the Report states that malware was found in 5 out of 29 phones, but that the Report couldn’t say if the malware was Pegasus. However, despite this shocking revelation, the Report will be kept in the sealed envelope, in the custody of the Supreme Court’s General Secretary, even when the CJI stated during the court proceedings, that parts of the Report will be public.

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