Hearings on refusal to disclose info on Indian military personnel to be live streamed

The High Court will live stream the hearings related to the Defence Ministry's refusal to disclose the number of Indian military personnel stationed in the Maldives.

Under the Right to Information Act, local media, Dhiyares, requested the Defense Ministry to disclose the number of Indian military personnel in the Maldives and the cost of their maintenance in the Maldives. Former Information Commissioner Hussain Fiyaz ruled that the information did not have to be shared with the newspaper. Dhiyares filed an appeal with the High Court, and hearings for the case began on Thursday.

During Thursday's hearing, the newspaper requested the court to live stream the hearings, and the judge's bench granted the request as the Information Commissioner's Office did not object to the request. The hearings will be live-streamed from the court's official YouTube channel.

The opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) are spearheading a campaign titled 'India Out' to protest the presence of Indian military officers in the Maldives. The movement has been gaining momentum over the past few months.