Scorpene submarine: DCNS welcomes decision of Australian judicial

| Updated: Sep 02, 2016 04:30 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 1 (ANI): French submarine manufacturer DCNS on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court of the State of New South Wales' (Australia) confirming the preliminary decision it had rendered August 29 against 'The Australian'. The Australian newspaper, which has already withdrawn all leaked data of India's Scorpene submarine from its website after the first decision, will now provide DCNS with all the documents in its possession and is prohibited from publishing any additional document, claimed a DCNS statement released on its website. In parallel to this action, DCNS has filed a complaint against unknown persons for breach of trust, receiving the proceeds of an offence and aiding and abetting before the Paris Public Prosecutor. Reacting to the leak, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said, "We have to be more careful so that such leaks do not take place, there are so many party involved in it. Every party, every stake holder, has to play its role and prevent such leaks." Last week, a report in the Australian media revealed that sensitive information 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. According to The Australian, the leak details the entire secret combat capability of the six Scorpene-class submarines that French shipbuilder DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy. As per reports, 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. The Indian Navy has said the source of the leak appears to be from overseas and not in India. "The available information is being examined at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy), and an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists," the Indian Navy said in a statement. "It appears that the source of leak is from overseas and not in India," the statement added. (ANI)