Corporate Espionage Case: Defence Ministry worker arrested

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:30
First Published |

NEW DELHI: In a fresh development to the corporate espionage case, a casual worker employed at the Defence Ministry has been arrested for allegedly providing fake identity card to the key accused in Petroleum Ministry leaked documents matter on Tuesday. Police however maintains that no vital documents were stolen or leaked from the Defence Ministry.

In total, 13 people have been arrested in the case so far including today’s arrest.

As informed by the police, Virender Kumar employed as a casual worker at the Ministry of Defence allegedly gave a fake ID card to Lalta Prasad along with a paper with the official letter head which was used by Ram Kumar Chaubey to prepare the fake permission of his vehicle and projected as being hired by the Government of India.

But the police maintained that ‘no sensitive document has been stolen from the Defence Ministry’.

In the list of the arrested, Lalta Parsad and Ram Kumar Chaubey were first to be arrested in the case when the Crime Branch blew the lid on February 19.

Virendra Kumar was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the first FIR registered by Delhi Police. This module stole the documents from the Petroleum Ministry. Police had yesterday arrested Lokesh Sharma and registered a second FIR as this was a different module which operated in Power and Coal ministry.

Cracking down on a suspected case of corporate espionage, Delhi Police on Thursday arrested two junior Oil Ministry officials and three other middlemen for allegedly leaking classified government documents to energy companies.

On Friday last, two energy consultants Santanu Saikia and Prayas Jain and five senior executives from top energy firms identified as Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, KK Naik from Cairns, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from ADAG Reliance were arrested for the alleged involvement in the case.

Amongst the arrested, former journalist Santanu Saikia claimed that he was not directly involved in the scandal but he was just doing a cover-up. He added that the entire case is a Rs. 10, 000 scam and he was forced to sign a blank paper.

(With PTI Inputs)

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