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telegraphindia.com 13 Sep, 2021 07:45 am

Pegasus row: Centre refuses to file detailed affidavit

Pegasus row: Centre refuses to file detailed affidavit
Govt cites national security, says it has nothing to hide

Mehta said the report of the committee of domain experts will be placed before the apex court.On September 7, the apex court had granted more time to the Centre to decide on filing a further response on the petitions after Mehta had said that due to some difficulties he could not meet the officials concerned to take a decision on the filing of the second affidavit.Although the government renewed the offer to set up an expert panel to examine the allegations, the apex court did not immediately concede the plea.The Centre, represented by solicitor-general Tushar Mehta, said there was nothing wrong if surveillance was carried out for the sake of national security.

The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana that it has nothing to hide and that's why the government has on its own said it will constitute a committee of domain experts to look into these allegations.The  Narendra Modi government, without confirming or denying that the Israeli spyware was used, told a bench headed by Chief Justice of India N.

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