New Delhi | Delhi Police today busted another module allegedly involved in leaking confidential documents from Coal and Power ministries with the arrest of an energy consultant and detention of at least six more in the corporate espionage case.
More arrests are likely soon as search and raids were continuing in Delhi and NCR in this connection. Police was also looking into the financial transactions of the people arrested so far in the case to understand the money trail and identify the individuals or companies who benefited in the case, sources said. The Crime Branch has registered a new FIR under various sections of IPC relating to trespass, criminal conspiracy, forgery and fraud in this case as this module operated independent of the one involved in the Petroleum ministry racket in which 12 people have been arrested so far.
During the investigation of the first case and questioning of energy consultants Santanu Saikia and Prayas Jain, the name of one Lokesh Sharma (33) came up as another active player in the game. It was revealed that one Lokesh Sharma is involved in procuring/stealing official/secret documents from Ministry of Coal, Shastri Bhawan and Ministry of Power, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, Delhi with the help of his associates, in connivance of some staff of these Ministries, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav told reporters.
Accordingly, a raid was conducted after mounting surveillance over the activities of Lokesh Sharma, a resident of Uttam Nagar in West Delhi and he was nabbed from Dwarka in southwest Delhi along with two forged identity cards of the Ministries of Coal and Power and copies of various official/secret documents. As it came to fore that he procured documents from ministry officials, police picked up three people from the Coal Ministry and one from the Power Ministry in this connection for questioning.
Three persons have also been detained for questioning who have links to the first module, sources said. Lokesh’s father had at some point of time worked as a driver in a ministry and because of this he was aware of the loop holes which he exploited for his advantage.
According to Yadav, Lokesh was an active player in the whole racket. He was an employee of energy consultancy firm called Infraline based in Noida. He used to procure documents from the Ministry of Coal, Power and Petroleum with the help of staff posted in these Ministries. He was very smart and besides providing documents to his own consultancy firm, he used to sell documents to some other energy consultants as well on commercial basis to two to three companies as well and we are investigating them as well.
Two recipients, Santanu Saikia of Indian Petro Group and Prayas Jain of Metis Energy Solutions have already been arrested while raids are continuing on other receivers of stolen documents, he said. Police sources said that this module was working for a long time while the first racket is believed to have been in operation for the last two years. Asked about the consultancy firm, Infraline, Lokesh told police that it is a company which has 60 to 65 employees, a website and a magazine named Infraline Plus which is widely circulated in the ministries and the industry.
When asked about the new module’s area of operation and who all benefited from it, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said since the FIR was registered only yesterday, the police would be able to give details only after arresting Lokesh’s associates. Questioned about the need for filing a separate FIR, Bassi said, It is a second module. It is separate and has no linkages with that particular case though it belonged to the same class. Since it lacked linkages, we have arrested him under a separate FIR.
Cracking down on a suspected case of corporate espionage, Delhi Police on Thursday last 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.
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