CBI arrests 2 Finance Ministry officials and a consultant in a corpotate espionage case
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Under Secretary in Department of Disinvestment and a Section Officer in Department of Economic Affairs under the Union Ministry of Finance and a Consultant – a Mumbai based Chartered Accountant (private person) in a caselinked with alleged leakage and supply of confidential government documents to corporate houses.
The two arrested officials were produced today before the Special Judge, CBI Cases in the Patiala House Courts here and remanded them to five days police custody. The consultant, who has been arrested from Mumbai was produced today in the court of Special Judge, Mumbai and was granted transit remand for three days.
CBI has registered a case linked with an espionage racket. Those booked by the Police include, besides the Under Secretary, Section Officer, and Consultant-cum- Chartered Accountant based at Mumbai arrested today, an Upper Division Clerk (UDC) in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Union Ministry of Commerce; and unknown public servants and others under Section 120-B read with 381 of IPC and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on the allegations that a Mumbai based consultant had been procuring confidential information and Government documents from Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Commerce pertaining to the foreign investment proposals and other matters of various companies and passing them to Corporate Groups. The Consultant was allegedly procuring the official confidential documents through courier and e-mail from three Government officials, who were custodians of these documents and were initiating proposals. It was further alleged that money was being received by the accused officials for supplying the documents to the consultant.
Searches have been carried out at 6 places in Delhi-NCR, and 4 places in Mumbai which led to recovery of cash to the tune of over Rs. 60 lakh from the office and residence of the Mumbai based consultant. Incriminating documents, including alleged copies of proposals before the FIPB, minutes of meetings, internal notings of files stored in computers, laptops as well as mobile phones have been recovered during the course of search operations. CBI has also intercepted the copies of confidential official documents allegedly sent through courier from Delhi by the accused Government officials to the consultant at Mumbai. Certain documents relating to properties acquired by the public servants are being scrutinized. The investigation has so far revealed an alleged nexus between the accused officials and consultant who was also in regular touch with certain persons from other Departments and Agencies as well.