4 Navy officers in dock over social websites indiscretion

Being active on social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut has landed four Indian Navy officers in trouble after they gave away critical service information and confidential matters, resulting in an official probe holding them blameworthy and fit to be punished.

The officers, whose names are being withheld, may face strong disciplinary action for the lapse, viewed seriously by the armed forces and against which several warnings have been issued to all armed forces personnel, defence ministry sources said here Thursday.

The officers, all holding the rank of commander, which is a middle level position in the hierarchy, faced the Board of Inquiry at the Mumbai-headquartered Western Naval Command.

The sources said the navy had been keeping a watch on the four officers for long, as there were several foreign nationals too accessing the sensitive information they had given out on the social networking sites.

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