SC-appointed technical committee issues public notice and asks hack victims to contact it by January 7

The committee will give anyone whose phone is collected a digital image of the phone for their records and return it to them when the tests are complete.

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On October 27, the Supreme Court established a technical committee to investigate the use of Pegasus against Indian citizens after a number of petitions, including by those whose phones had been targeted by spyware, have been filed in court.

The bench led by India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana criticized the Union government for refusing to say whether it had purchased and used the spyware, and said it had to accept the case prima facie petitioners, including the victims of the Pegasus hack, and review their claims.

The technical committee will be overseen by the former Supreme Court Justice, Justice RV Raveendran, and has been asked to prepare a report after a full investigation and submit it to the Supreme Court “promptly”.

The members of the technical committee are:

  1. Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Professor (Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics) and Dean, National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

  2. Dr Prabaharan P, Professor (School of Engineering), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala.

  3. Dr Ashwin Anil Gumaste, Associate Institute Chair Professor (Computer Science and Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra

Petitions in court had called for a court-supervised investigation into the allegations, which arose after revelations about Pegasus use reported worldwide by the Pegasus Project (whose Indian partner was Thread).

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