Apex court on Pegasus issue: ‘Govt need not disclose anything that compromises national security’

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and sought an answer within 10 days on a batch of petitions demanding an independent investigation into the Pegasus issue.

The apex court made it clear that it did not want the government to reveal anything that might compromise national security.

Chief Justice N V Ramana said it would take up the matter after 10 days and see what course should be adopted.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that the Centre cannot disclose whether Pegasus or any other software was used for surveillance as it was a national security issue. He also added the government cannot put these details in the public domain.

“However, the Centre is willing to disclose details to the committee of independent experts,” Tushar Mehta said.

The Supreme Court said “We as judiciary don’t like to compromise with the security of the nation. None of us would like for the system put in place for the defence of the nation to be disclosed the issue is limited.”