Pegasus: SC notice to Centre and WB concerning plea against establishment of Commission of Inquiry.

 On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sought answers from the Centre as well as the West Bengal government to a petition challenging the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry for the state to investigate the allegations of Pegasus snooping.

Chief Justice N V Ramana, headed by the bench, issued notices to both the Centre and West Bengal governments on the plea. It posted it for hearing on August 25.

Advocate Saurabh Mishira represented the petitioner and said to the court that they had challenged the notification by the state government forming the Commission of Inquiry for lack of jurisdiction.

aEURoeWe will issue notice. This was the decision of the bench that also includes justices Surya Kant, Aniruddha Bose and Justices Surya Kant.

The West Bengal government announced the Commission of Inquiry last month. It includes Justice Madan B Lokur, an ex-supreme court judge and Justice Jyotirmay Battacharya, a former chief justice of Calcutta High Court.

International media consortium reported that more than 300 Indian mobile phone numbers had been verified as potential targets for surveillance with Pegasus spyware.

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