English daily The Australian cannot publish any more leaked information about India's Scorpene submarines till the Supreme Court hears the matter on Thursday, an Australian court has ruled. The court granted a temporary injunction to French shipbuilder DCNS, which makes the submarines for India, after the company had filed a petition against the paper. The newspaper will also have to take down all the information it had put up so far on its website, and hand over all the material it has to the company.
DCNS had argued that if The Australian publishes such confidential data, it will cause harm to the company and its customers. DCNS lawyers said, "The publication of this highly valuable document causes a direct harm to DCNS and its customer in terms of spread of sensitive and restricted information, image and reputation”
DCNS had said the data leak may have been part of an economic warfare strategy against the defence contractor. India had ordered six Scorpene submarines worth $3 billion (Rs 20,000 crore approximately). The first batch had started undergoing trials in May, and the first of the submarines – INS Kalvari – was expected to be inducted into the Navy in November. The Indian Navy is conducting an internal audit to eliminate the possibility of any security compromise, and the Director General for Armament of France is leading their own investigation.