Navy officers in dock for leaking info

Navy had in the past issued guidelines to its officers against discussing any official info or identify their warships` location in public domain.

New Delhi: A Naval Board of Inquiry has recommended action against four senior officers who were facing charges of allegedly possessing and leaking classified
information through social networking websites.

Navy sources said a Board of Inquiry (BoI) was ordered against the four officers from the technical branch for allegedly possessing classified information on their personal computers.
They were also found to be allegedly sharing the information on social networking websites such as Facebook, which could have been seen by foreign nationals also.

They said the charges against the officers were found to be correct by the Board and it has now recommended action against them. The quantum of punishment recommended for these officers is not yet known.

However, the Navy spokesperson here refused to comment on the issue.

The inquiry was ordered by the Western Command in December after it suspected that information about service matters was being shared in open domain.

Navy had in the past issued guidelines to its officers and personnel against discussing any official information or identify their warships` location in public domain.

The Indian Armed Forces have been issuing circulars and guidelines for its officers and personnel against putting up any professional information on social networking websites.

PTI

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