The RD Pradhan Committee’s report on the Maharashtra government’s response to the 26/11 terror attacks will remain a “top secret”. For, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a Bombay High Court order that had asked for the report to be placed before it.
Taking strong exception to the HC’s direction, a bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan wondered if the court could act like an expert on the sensitive security issue by seeking explanation from top officers about the impending terror threat and logistics to counter it.
“What is the use of disclosing it to the public. What is the advantage? Can the court prevent it? What will they score by knowing the secret information? It will only serve for television discussions,” the bench said after senior counsel Harish Salve mentioned the state’s petition against the July 23 HC order to submit the report in a sealed cover to it.
It issued notices to Society of Indian Law Firm (SOILF), Indian Merchants Chamber and Mumbai-based advocate VP Patil on whose PILs the HC passed the orders and fixed August 21 for further hearing.