New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the Central Information Commission (CIC) directive seeking information related to Special Flight Returns (SRF) -II. On Wednesday, the Air Force said in the petition that the details pertained to the Prime Minister’s security system and hence could not be made available.
The Air Force has claimed in the petition that “the information sought relates to the entire security cordon”. It also asks for the names of Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel who accompany the Prime Minister of India on foreign tours for their personal safety. If this statement is disclosed, it could affect India’s sovereignty and integrity and threaten security, strategy, scientific and economic interests. “
The CIC had issued a directive on July 8, asking the Air Force to make available and relevant copies of Special Flight Returns-II to RTI applicant Commodore (retired) Lokesh K.K. Provide Batra. The Air Force filed a petition against it.
Batra has demanded certified copies of SRF-I and SRF-II relating to all foreign visits since April 2013 of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi. The matter may be heard on Friday.