The government on Wednesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in the Rafale case.
The Centre told the apex court that documents filed by the petitioners seeking review of its Rafale deal verdict are sensitive to national security. The affidavit filed by the Defence Ministry said, those who conspired in photocopying the papers have committed a crime and put the security in jeopardy by leaking them.
The Ministry said, an internal enquiry is underway over the leakage of sensitive documents and it is of utmost concern to the central government to find out where the leakage took place.
The affidavit said, the documents attached by the petitioners — former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan relate to war capacity of the combat aircraft.
It said, the documents have been widely circulated, and available to the country’s enemy and adversaries. The government said, the documents unauthorisedly produced by petitioners are exempt from disclosure under the Right to Information Act.
The affidavit said, petitioners are using unauthorisedly accessed documents to present selective and incomplete picture of internal deliberations on national security and defence.