Rafale Deal: Defence Ministry orders internal probe on revelation of confidential information, reveals RTI

Mumbai-based RTI activist filed an online RTI seeking information regarding the "stolen" Rafale deal documents


Responding to a Right to Information (RTI) query, the Defence Ministry informed that an internal inquiry has been ordered on disclosure of the confidential information in connection with the Rafale deal. The Defence Ministry responded to an online RTI filed by Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali.

The RTI, which was filed on March 8, sought information from the Defence Ministry regarding the “stolen” Rafale documents followed by a query about the role of the concerned ministry in this regard. 

Moreover, the RTI asked whether the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and Defence Minister were informed about the “stolen” documents. If yes, what were the actions taken by them? Galgali also demanded the copy of the FIR and complaint letter regarding the stolen Rafale files, if any. 

Replying to the RTI, Deputy Secretary of Air Acquisition department in Defence Ministry, Sushil Kumar on May 7 said that the ministry has ordered an internal investigation regarding the same. 

According to reports, the Kumar’s reply stated, “The Ministry of Defense (Security Office) has ordered an internal inquiry on disclosure of classified official information into public domain and violation of manual of security instructions."

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Reacting to the respond, Galgali said that this is a high-profile matter and the government has made different claims in Supreme Court. The government should make the information regarding Rafale deal public.

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