India’s Navy Chief sets up high level committee to probe Scorpene leak

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New Delhi:- Asserting that the leak of the Scorpene submarine data was being taken very seriously, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today said he has set up a high level committee to investigate the matter. 

Speaking to mediapersons at the South Block lawns here, Admiral Lanba said the Navy has also asked the French Shipbuilder DCNS to launch an urgent investigation. 

"Based on the report of the committee, we will see what mitigation measures need to be taken," the Navy Chief said. 

This is for the first time that the Navy Chief has opened up his mind after a massive leak of over 22,400 documents relating to India's Scorpene submarine project was reported by the Australian media last week. 

Earlier, the Navy, in a statement had said the documents that have been posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out. 

The Indian Navy has taken up the matter with Director General of Armament of the French Government, expressing concern over this incident and has requested the French Government to investigate this incident with urgency and share their findings with the Indian side, it said.

"An internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken. The matter is being taken up with foreign governments concerned through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports," said the statement. 

The Government, as a matter of abundant precaution, is also examining the impact if the information contained in the documents claimed to be available with the Australian sources is compromised, it said.

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