NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the Central Information Commission (CIC) direction to provide information on Special Flight Returns (SRF) -II, which is related to key details of ministerial security equipment and not provided.
In the IAAF’s request, “the details of the entire entourage, including the names of the Special Defense Group (SPG) personnel for their personal safety on foreign trips with the Prime Minister of India, and if revealed, may affect India’s sovereignty and integrity, state security, strategic, scientific or economic interests.” .
The petition, filed by Rahul Sharma, a senior committee adviser to the central government, and CK Bhatt’s lawyer, appealed against the CIC’s July 8 IAF directive to provide RITI applicant Commodore (retired) Lokesh K with certified copies of the available and relevant special flight returns-LLC Batra.
Since April 2013, Batra has sought certified copies of SRF-I and SRF-2 for each foreign visit of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The IAF, in its appeal, stated that the CIC “failed to consider and consider the information requested by the Respondent (Batra) from the applicant and the Air Force.
The petition argues that the SRF copies “are related to the official records of the performance and functioning of the security equipment of the Prime Minister of India which cannot be brought into the public domain for security and security reasons.”
The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Friday.

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