The application by NIA came after the seven accused in the case wrote to the committee stating that they have reasons to believe their phones were hacked and compromised by the spyware.
The seven accused are Rona Wilson, Vernon Gonsalves, P. Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Anand Teltumbde, Hany Babu and Shoma Sen.
They had stated in their communication to the NIA that a total of 26 devices (collectively amongst 7 people) were in the custody of NIA, which is why they were not in a position to make the submission themselves.
Their devices had been seized by the Pune city police and NIA at the time of their arrest.
Subsequently, the technical committee wrote to the NIA in January 2022, seeking the devices in order to makes copies of the same and thereafter inspect them.
The NIA moved the present application pursuant to that.