New Delhi: The Centre through Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in the Rafale review matter and said unauthorised photocopies of such documents hamper the sovereignty and security of the country.
The MoD, in its detailed affidavit, stated that unauthorised photocopy of such documents has “adversely affected the sovereignty, security and friendly relations with the foreign countries.”
The petitioners are using unauthorisedly accessed documents with the intention to present a selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations on a matter relating to National Security and Defence, the affidavit stated.
The Rafale review matter is listed Thursday for hearing before the Apex Court.
Earlier after claiming in the Supreme Court that the documents on the Rafale fighter jet deal had been stolen from the defence ministry, attorney-general K.K. Venugopal, going back on his word, last Friday claimed the papers were not stolen and what he meant to tell the apex court was that petitioners demanding a probe into the deal had used “photocopies of the original papers”, which have been deemed secret by the government.
What did Centre tell Supreme Court?
“These documents were stolen from the Defence Ministry either by former or present employees. These are secret documents and can’t be in the public domain,” the Attorney General has been quoted by NDTV.
When Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked what action has been taken, the Centre said the government is probing into the matter.
“It is a criminal offence. We are objecting preliminary because secret documents can’t be annexed with the petition. Review and perjury petitions must be dismissed,” the Attorney General was quoted as saying by NDTV.