Former Defence minister AK Antony on Wednesday said the government must immediately order a high-level probe into the leak of top secret data regarding India’s Scorpene submarine programme.
The truth must come out, Antony said. ” We request the government to immediately order a high-level enquiry to find out the truth,” the Congress leader said, adding that it was a “matter of serious concern”.
A report in the Australian media revealed that sensitive data related to India’s Scorpene submarines has been leaked, with French shipbuilder DCNS, which designed the submarine, facing a leak of documents spreading over 22,000 pages. The Indian Express, however, could not verify the same. Marked ‘Restricted Scorpene India’, the DCNS documents could provide an intelligence landmine if obtained by India’s neighbours – Pakistan or China.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the Navy Chief was asked to analyse what data has been leaked. He, however, maintained that the leak wasn’t 100 per cent (of the data).
“This (the report) came to my knowledge at midnight, it is a case of hacking. The Navy Chief has been asked to analyze as to what exactly has been leaked,” Parrikar said.
According to The Australian, the news organisation that initially published the report, the leak, about 22,400 pages, details the entire secret combat capability of the six Scorpene-class submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy. The leak includes details of the submarine’s underwater sensors, above-water sensors, combat management system, torpedo launch system and specifications, communications system and navigation systems.
(With inputs from ANI)