On Tuesday, 2 April, a Times of India report said that Election Commission officials had stayed the release of a Tamil book titled Nattai Ulukkum Rafael; Bera Oozhal ( ‘Rafale: The Scam That Rocked the Nation’) written by S Vijayan, slated to be released on Tuesday. EC officials and policemen also seized copies of the book from the office of the publisher, the daily reported.
However, later on the same day, Satyabrata Sahoo, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Tamil Nadu, said neither the Election Commission nor the CEO's office had "issued any instructions in this regard".
"I have directed DEO [District Election Officer), Chennai, to look into this matter and give a report immediately," Sahoo said, to The Times of India. The book release has now been allowed to go ahead as planned.