IT security in place to avoid Naval war-room type case: Antony
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 23:59
New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Wednesday said the Navy has put in stringent Information Technology security measures to avoid situations like the Naval war-room leak case in the future.

"The Naval war-room leak in 2005 was the only such case in the past 10 years. In order to avoid such situations, stringent IT security measures have been put in place in the Directorate of Naval Operations, including the Naval war-room," Defence Minister A K Antony told Rajya Sabha in a written reply to members' queries.

In addition, Antony said, the Navy had an elaborate counter-intelligence set up to provide cover to all ships, units and establishments.

A case in the Naval war-room leak episode was registered on March 20, 2006, against certain dismissed officers of the Navy and Indian Air Force including retired Lieutenant Ravi Shankaran and presently the trial is pending.

"The accused Ravi Shankaran is absconding...His passport has been revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs and a red corner notice has been issued against him on May 12, 2006. An extradition request was sent to the UK on June 14, 2007 and Head of NCB, International Criminal Police Organisation, London on February 19, 2008," Antony said.

To another query, he said the Western Naval Command had cancelled an examination for appointment of 175 clerks due to question paper leak and five persons, including a service officer and two civilian officers of Navy, have been arrested in this connection.

Antony, to a query, said Navy had made a request for handing over 5,28,575 sqm Grandi Island (large) owned by a private party and 2,78,525 sqm Pikene Island owned by Goa government.

"These islands are located at a distance of less than four km in the landing funnel of Dabolim airport. The proposal has been made in order to address the security concerns related to aircraft operations from Naval Air Station at Dabolim and the case being processed as per existing regulations," he said.

The Goa government had not granted a No Objection Certificate so far nor any report from the state government had been received by his Ministry in this regard, he said.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 23:59

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