The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The government had refused to give a categorical answer to the Supreme Court whether any State agency used Pegasus spyware or not.

This evasive stand, itself, was an admission of their complicity in the matter.  It was the same obduracy that saw the entire monsoon session of Parliament getting stalled.  Since the Court has observed that national security cannot be the cover to deny a concrete response, it is incumbent upon the government to give a categorical reply.

The Supreme Court has taken an important step in constituting a committee of experts under a retired Justice of the Supreme Court to investigate the matter. The committee should invite opinions from concerned persons of the public to present their views.  It should also invite foreign experts to testify as this spyware has international ramifications.

The committee should complete the enquiry expeditiously.