A Delhi court on Friday sought replies from the Secretary, Ministries of Home Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas, in connection with the alleged leak of documents from the Petroleum Ministry, to ascertain the nature of the documents recovered by Delhi Police.
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor, while stating that the two ministries are “administrative in charge and in control of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) under their jurisdiction,” has sought the response in the form of a report from the secretaries of two ministries to ascertain whether the alleged documents leaked come under the purview of the Official Secrets Act.
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The directive comes after the Crime Branch of Delhi Police Friday informed the court that they have sent reminders to the Petroleum Ministry. However, they are unable to file a report-ascertaining the nature of the documents-as they have not received any response from the Ministry. Stating that this would be the “last opportunity” that would be given to file the report, the court asked the Joint Commissioner of Police to ensure that the directive is complied with.
Hearing the submission made by the Investigation Officer (IO), the court said, “IO submits that no report has been filed by the MoPNG. He further submits that no report has been received. Since no report has been filed by the MoPNG, this court would like to have the response of Secretary, MoPNG and Home, being administrative in charge and in control of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) under his jurisdiction.”
The sessions court, which is hearing the bail pleas of six accused, had on Monday directed the police to submit a report from the Petroleum Ministry specifying whether the documents allegedly recovered in the case were classified.