New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday took a “serious” note of the Centre’s “extreme concern” that various privileged and sensitive documents, including Cabinet notes, which are outside the purview of the RTI law have been forming the basis of PILs.

While the Centre said that such documents including file notings, which otherwise are protected material, were coming into hands of some through “disgruntled” employees, a bench comprising justices A K Goel and U U Lalit termed the development as “serious” warranting the apex court’s intervention.

The Centre flagged its concern through Attorney General K K Venugopal when activist advocate Prashant Bhushan was arguing a PIL relating to AgustaWestland helicopter scam.

Venugopal told the bench that the government was “extremely concerned” as even the investigating agencies were not able to protect sensitive documents.

“This is a serious issue. The government of India is extremely concerned that it is unable to protect its documents and even the documents of investigating agencies are in the hands of others,” the attorney general told the bench.

The bench agreed with submissions of the top law officer and said it would consider this issue.

“Certainly, what you are saying is serious,” the bench said, adding, “yes, we will consider it”. ­

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