An Indian Navy continues to probe the extent of threat to its security, a report suggested that a former French naval officer may be responsible for the leak of sensitive data related to Scorpene submarine.
A report by ‘The Australian’ suggested that the former French naval officer, in question, was working as a sub-contractor for the DCNS – the French company – and he might be behind the leak of the sensitive data which were written in France in 2011.
The French firm had initially suggested the leak might be at the Indian end, saying it supplies but does not control access to technical data.
The government has asked French shipbuilder DCNS which designed the six Scorpene submarines for $3.5 billion for a report on the leak, which exposes information including the combat systems of the fleet.
Naval sources said they were confident that the 22,000 pages reported by The Australian newspaper on Wednesday were not provided by sources here and do not compromise one of the world’s largest defense projects. On the second point experts disagree, stating that the information that has been released is a huge problem for India.
Following the furore over the leak of documents related to Indian’s Scorpene submarine, the Congress on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for their ‘myopic’ approach towards the matter and underplaying the ‘stunning breach of security’.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asserted that India’s national security stands gravely compromised which shocking leaks of the entire design plans and specifications of the Scorpene submarine, containing 22,400 pages of the ‘project 75’ carrying the emblem of the Indian navy.
“It’s perhaps the biggest defence disaster of recent times. This scandalous leak has put a question mark on India’s maritime security and has jeopardised the initiative to build six Scorpene submarines of the French companies PSU, DCNS at a cost of USD 3.5 billion, which are, currently being built by the mazagaon dock ship builder limited at Mumbai,” he said.