Official Secrets Act

Limits of ‘secrecy’

Print edition : March 20, 2015

Former journalist Santanu Saikia (right) in police custody. The CBI booked a case against him in 1998 under the OSA for publishing the contents of a Cabinet note on divestment policy. The court acquitted him on the grounds that the publication of the document, though marked “secret”, was unlikely to affect the sovereignty and integrity of India or the security of the state or friendly relations with foreign states. Photo: PTI/Atul Yadav

The debate on the use of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, to curb the flow of information continues to rage in the corridors of power.

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