The Centre on Wednesday maintained in Supreme Court that the Rafale documents were stolen from the office as unknown persons took photocopies which now even reached the enemies of our country.
The leaked information includes the war capacities of Rafale combat aircraft. The eight-page affidavit filed by the Ministry of Defence said that the “photocopying” of the documents was done without permission and it is an offence under the IPC.
Earlier, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that ‘The Hindu’ has violated the rules of Official Secrets Act, 1923, and the Centre is contemplating criminal action against the paper, which invited wide criticism across the country.
According to the affidavit, the government has already initiated an inquiry into the leak.
The hearing of the case, a review of the December 14 judgement of the apex court which gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France, will continue on Thursday.