Claiming that Pegasus has infiltrated their privacy, four Indian journalists and one activist, whose phone numbers appeared on a list of potential Pegasus targets have approached the Supreme Court to protect their fundamental right to privacy.
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, SNM Abdi, Prem Shankar Jha, Rupesh Kumar Singh, and activist Ipsa Shatakshi have filed petitions in the apex court of India. These four are the first journalists of India to approach a Court for justice on the grounds that they have been personally affected by the alleged hacking.
Previous pleas asking for Supreme Court intervention over the revelations about the use of the NSO Group’s spyware on Indian citizens had been PILs filed by persons who had not themselves been compromised by Pegasus: advocate ML Sharma, journalists N Ram and Shashi Kumar, and Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas.
West Bengal, a State in India has already set up a Commission to inquire into Pegasus.