‘Perturbed’ by many individuals ‘politely declining’ to be a part of Pegasus probe panel: Chidambaram

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Thursday mentioned he was perturbed by the assertion within the Supreme Court order on the Pegasus snooping matter that many individuals “politely declined” to be a member of the probe committee, and asserted that the “episode” illustrated how far the nation has travelled from the exhortation of Mahatma Gandhi that Indians shouldn’t fear their rulers.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday arrange a three-member unbiased skilled panel to probe the alleged use of Israeli adware Pegasus for focused surveillance in India, observing the state can’t get a “free pass” each time the spectre of nationwide safety is raised and that its mere invocation can’t render the judiciary a “mute spectator” and be the bugbear it shies away from.

“I am perturbed by the statement in the SC order that many persons when requested to be a member of a Committee to probe the Pegasus controversy, ‘politely declined’,” Chidambaram tweeted.

Can any conscientious citizen decline the request of the Supreme Court to serve in a matter of paramount nationwide curiosity, the previous Union minister requested.

“This episode illustrates how far we have travelled from the exhortation of Mahatma Gandhi that Indians should not fear their rulers,” Chidambaram mentioned.

In a big verdict over the difficulty of defending residents’ proper to privateness that was welcomed by authorized consultants, a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana asserted that in a democratic nation ruled by the rule of legislation, indiscriminate spying on people can’t be allowed besides with adequate statutory safeguards by following the process established by legislation below the Constitution.