Sources from the Indian Navy, meanwhile, said the documents that newspaper The Australian has put out on its website are old. Also, On Friday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stressed that it was not a "big concern" while reiterated the leaked Scorpene Submarine documents will not hurt the country's strategic interests.

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Parrikar, talking to journalists on the sidelines of an event here, said, "We are waiting for the report. Basically what is on the website (of The Australian) is not of concern to us but we are assuming on our own that this has been leaked and we are taking all precautions."

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He stressed the documents do not contain information on the weapons. He added that as the trials of the first submarine Kalvari are on, signatures are yet to be established. "The most important signature does not form part of the documents. What I am given to understand is that there are a few pockets of concern assuming that what is claimed to have been leaked has leaked actually," he added.

In an email response to questions from news agency, Stewart, an Associate Editor with The Australian, said the Navy was just trying to do "damage control". "The Navy is just trying to control the public relations damage of the leak, so they are trying to play it down. If they claim there is no damage, then maybe we should now put all 22,400 confidential documents on the net," Stewart told reporters.

(With agency inputs)

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