First Published | Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 16:22
NEW DELHI: In the sensational corporate espionage case, the arrested journalist Santanu Saikia on Saturday made strong claims saying that the entire scene is a big Rs. 10, 000 crore scam. However, he maintained that he has no role in leaking the vital documents from the Petroleum Ministry.
“I was only doing a cover up and was just investigating the case. This is a Rs. 10, 000 crore scam” Saikia told media outside the Delhi Police Crime Branch office.
The claims from Saikia came soon after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that no one of the guilty would be spared and a strict action will be taken against people involved in the case related to the leak of documents from thePetroleum Ministry.
The minister further added that the government should be commended for finding the scam. “We should be commended as we found out that this was happening, the culprits will be punished,” he said, adding, “If we would have not been vigilant, this (scandal) should not have been busted.”
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi earlier in the day today stated that the five senior executives of top five privateenergy companies arrested in their connection to the case would appear before the court.
“We have arrested the five accused and the investigation in the matter is on aggressively. All five will be produced before the court, we will appeal the court to give those accused police remand so that we can further question them,” said the Delhi Police Chief adding that the recipients of the leaked documents were as well being probed.
The five executives from energy companies arrested late Friday evening include Shailesh Saxena (Manager, Corporate Affairs, RIL), Vinay Kumar (DGM, Essar), KK Naik (GM, Cairns India), Subhash Chandra (Senior Executive, Jubilant Energy) and Rishi Anand (DGM, ADAG Reliance).
Apart from these, journalist Santanu Saikia who runs an energy portal and an energy consultant Prayas Jain were also arrested on Friday by the Delhi Police. In total, 12 people have been arrested in the corporate espionage scam so far.