‘Disturbed’ by many persons ‘nicely declining’ to be part of Pegasus probe panel: P Chidambaram

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NEW DELHI: Elder Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday stated he was troubled by the declaration in the Supreme Court order on the Pegasus sleuthing matter that many individuals “pleasantly decreased” to be a member of the probe committee, and asserted that the “episode” illustrated how far the nation has taken a trip from the admonition of Mahatma Gandhi that Indians need to not fear their rulers.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday established a three-member independent specialist panel to penetrate the alleged usage of Israeli spyware Pegasus for targeted security in India, observing the state can not get a “totally free pass” each time the spectre of nationwide security is raised which its simple invocation can not render the judiciary a “mute spectator” and be the bugbear it shies away from.
“I am perturbed by the declaration in the SC order that lots of individuals when requested to be a member of a committee to penetrate the Pegasus controversy, ‘politely decreased’,” Chidambaram tweeted.
Can any conscientious citizen decrease the demand of the Supreme Court to serve in a matter of vital national interest, the former Union minister asked.
“This episode shows how far we have actually travelled from the exhortation of Mahatma Gandhi that Indians must not fear their rulers,” Chidambaram stated.
In a significant decision over the problem of protecting residents’ right to privacy that was invited by legal specialists, a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana asserted that in a democratic country governed by the rule of law, indiscriminate spying on individuals can not be permitted except with sufficient statutory safeguards by following the treatment established by law under the Constitution.

Released at Thu, 28 Oct 2021 06:06:48 -0500