The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli, was urged by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, that the proposed hearing of the pleas on Wednesday be deferred to Friday (February 25) as he would be arguing before another bench.
The bench noted that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that many petitions were self-service, but it cannot accept such omnibus contention.
The Centre had already proposed to constitute an expert panel, comprising of independent members, to examine the snooping allegations
The Centre reiterated that it has "nothing to hide" and emphasized that the government has on its own said it will constitute a committee of domain experts, who are not connected with the government, to examine spying allegations.
The court is hearing as many as 12 pleas, including the one filed by the Editors Guild of India, seeking an independent probe into the matter.
The Centre Monday told the Supreme Court there was "nothing to hide" in the alleged Pegasus snooping matter and it will constitute a committee of eminent experts to examine all the aspects related to the issue.
Justice Ramana replied why suddenly come after two years? In 2019, it was reported WhatsApp was misused. "Truth has to come out, we don't know whose names are there", he noted during hearing.
Five journalists have also moved the Supreme Court stating the unauthorised use of surveillance by government agencies have violated their fundamental rights and they are directly affected by the use of Pegasus spyware.