RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

The Supreme Court has said that the Centre cannot withhold documents from disclosure under the RTI Act citing national security and relations with a foreign state.However,the applicant must establish that withholding of such information produces greater harm than disclosing it. The observation was made by a Supreme court judge in which the Court has allowed… Continue reading RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

The Supreme Court has dismissed the central government’s plea that the documents related to the purchase of Rafale fighter jets should not be part of the review petition moved in the case. The government had argued that documents linked to the Rafale deal were stolen from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files… Continue reading SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

In 2018, Official Secrets Act invoked in 5 cases

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued five prosecution sanction orders in 2018 under the Official Secrets Act (OSA),1923. Official Secrets Act(OSA) is India’s anti espionage (Spy and Secret agent) act enacted in 1923 during the British Rule.It extends to all matters of secrecy and confidentiality in governance in the country. It broadly deals… Continue reading In 2018, Official Secrets Act invoked in 5 cases

RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on whether it would examine the documents submitted by Petitioners to review its order on the Rafale deal. The government had argued these documents are privileged and cannot be produced in court without its permission.While,petitioners had said that everything cannot be dismissed in the name of national security.… Continue reading RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

Citizens protest against threat to use Official Secrets Act

People protested against the government for threatening to book a journalist under Official secrets Act(OSA) for publishing stories on the Rafale deal. Government had informed the Supreme Court that documents linked to the Rafale fighter jet deal were photocopied from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files may have violated the Official Secrets… Continue reading Citizens protest against threat to use Official Secrets Act

Rafale documents ‘stolen’ remark: how can govt defend the country, ask Opposition parties

The government opposed any review of the Supreme Court’s earlier refusal to order an investigation into the Rafale deal. Government informed the Supreme Court that documents linked to the Rafale fighter jet deal were stolen from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files may have violated the Official Secrets Act. Official Secrets Act… Continue reading Rafale documents ‘stolen’ remark: how can govt defend the country, ask Opposition parties