Corporate Espionage: Judicial custody of six accused extended

| Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 18:13
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New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday extended till April 15 the judicial custody of six people who have been accused of leakage and sale of confidential government documents.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special CBI Judge S.C. Rajan remanded chartered accountant Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh Chimanlal Budhdev, a partner in Mumbai-based Chitale and Associates, with four others in 14-day judicial custody.

All six accused were presented before court in connection with the leakage and sale of confidential government documents stolen from various ministries in New Delhi.

Four government employees -- Ashok Kumar Singh, Lala Ram Sharma, Daljeet Singh and Ram Niwas -- are the other accused in the case.

An upper division clerk in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Daljeet was arrested from his hideout in the capital last month and the CBI said he was allegedly providing confidential documents to his counterparts in the finance ministry who in turn were giving these to the Mumbai-based Gandhi, who later passed them to various corporate houses.

The CBI on March 12 filed a case and raided eight places, including offices of various ministries and private establishments, in New Delhi and Mumbai, and arrested under-secretary in the disinvestment and grievances department Ashok Kumar Singh and section officer in the economic affairs department Lala Ram Sharma.

Gandhi was arrested from Mumbai during the raid conducted by the CBI.

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