Rafale documents: we are committed to protecting our sources, says N. Ram


PTI

Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print


 “You may call it stolen documents... we are not concerned... nobody is going to get any information from us on these sources. But the documents speak for themselves and the stories speak for themselves,” says The Hindu Publishing Group chairman.

Documents related to the Rafale deal were published in public interest and nobody would get any information from The Hindu on the confidential sources who provided them, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram said on March 6.

The documents were published because details were withheld or covered up, the veteran journalist said as the government told the Supreme Court that documents related to the Rafale aircraft deal have been stolen from the Defence Ministry and an investigation into the theft is on.

“You may call it stolen documents... we are not concerned. We got it from confidential sources and we are committed to protecting these sources. Nobody is going to get any information from us on these sources. But the documents speak for themselves and the stories speak for themselves,” Mr. Ram told PTI.

He has written a series of articles on the Rafale deal, the latest one on March 6.

Those who put documents on the Rafale deal in the public domain are guilty under the Official Secrets Act and contempt of court, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said on March 6 before a Bench hearing a batch of petitions seeking a review of the court’s verdict dismissing all the pleas against the agreement on the fighter jet.

“I will not comment on the proceedings of the Supreme Court. But whatever we have published has been published. They are authentic documents. And they have been published in the public interest because these details have been withheld or covered up,” Mr. Ram said.

“...It is the duty of the press — through investigative journalism — to bring out relevant information or issues of great importance for the public interest,” he said.

On February 8, Mr. Ram wrote in The Hindu that the Defence Ministry raised strong objections to “parallel discussions” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office during the negotiations over the ₹59,000 crore Rafale deal between India and France.

“What we have done is completely protected under article 19 (1) (a) of the Indian Constitution — freedom of speech and expression — and also under the relevant sections of the Right to Information Act, specifically, its section 8 (1) (i) and section 8 (2), which clearly protects this,” Mr. Ram said.

Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
    
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Kemmannu.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.
Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on kemmannu.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using kemmannu.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Kemmannu.com be held responsible.
Similarly, Kemmannu.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.




Watch Full Video:Inauguration Udupi of Diocese
View More

Milagres College, KallianpurMilagres College, Kallianpur
Congratulations to Rochelle D Souza.Congratulations to Rochelle D Souza.
Flat for Rent at Gopalpura, Santhekatte, Udupi.Flat for Rent at Gopalpura, Santhekatte, Udupi.
Donate Your Old Smart Phone this DiwaliDonate Your Old Smart Phone this Diwali
Autobiography of Richard Carvalho, Barkur/Mumbai.Autobiography of Richard Carvalho, Barkur/Mumbai.
The Tablet - International Catholic WeeklyThe Tablet - International Catholic Weekly
GSB delicacies at Hotte Thumba Fish Court UdupiGSB delicacies at Hotte Thumba Fish Court Udupi
Rozaricho Gaanch September Issue 2020Rozaricho Gaanch September Issue 2020
Contact on Going Residential ProjectAl Nayaab Residency, UdupiContact on Going Residential ProjectAl Nayaab Residency, Udupi
Computerised Clinical Laboratory, Kemmannu.Computerised Clinical Laboratory, Kemmannu.
Choice Furniture vast household showroom opens at Santhekatte, KallianpurChoice Furniture vast household showroom opens at Santhekatte, Kallianpur
Focus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, UdupiFocus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, Udupi
Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.
Delite Catering, SanthekatteDelite Catering, Santhekatte
St. Alphonsa of India