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Corporate espionage row: Seven including former journalist arreted

Friday, Feb 20, 2015,18:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Seven people, including two officials of the Petroleum Ministry and one Reliance staffer, arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly leaking confidential government documents in a case of corporate espionage were produced in Patiala House Court this afternoon.    All the accused were taken from Delhi Police Crime Branch to the Court.    Earlier in the day, all the accused persons were taken to Delhi police crime branch office.
Delhi Police today arrested former journalist Santnu Saikia and energy consultant Prayas Jain for allegedly buying confidential government documents in a case of corporate espionage.    Both Saikia and Jain are accused of buying the leaked documents and selling them to business houses, police said.    Jain is running an oil and gas firm based in Delhi and Melbourne while another accused, who is a former journalist, is running an energy portal.    The number of arrests in this case has increased to seven.
Five people, including two officials of the Petroleum Ministry and one Reliance staffer, were arrested yesterday by the Delhi Police for allegedly leaking confidential government documents in a case of corporate espionage.    Delhi Police arrested two Petroleum Ministry employees and three others for allegedly leaking confidential government documents.
The information was allegedly to be shared with corporate houses and had details of policies used for pricing as well as imports.    Addressing mediapersons, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said three people were caught with some classified papers and two more detained after interrogation.    Some people used to leak papers for reward, and taking cognisance of this, we had set up a trap at Shastri Bhawan, Mr Bassi said.
These people used fake identities to enter the building and had duplicate keys, Mr Bassi said.    They stole the documents and photo-copied them, he added.    We are investigating the case and interrogation of all the five people was on, the Police Commissioner said.    Speaking to mediapersons, Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan revealed, We had put surveillance on them, the police is also investigating. They will be severely dealt with This is unfortunate for free and fair governance.
I won’t allow espionage to happen in my ministry, Mr Pradhan added.    The Reliance Industries, meanwhile, said while it has begun a robust internal probe into detention of its employee by Delhi Police in the matter. There was information of commercial consequence to them which is available with the Oil Ministry.
Those arrested include some low rank government servants, police said.    Police is probing the matter to get to those who have received this confidential information.