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Espionage: It’s a Rs 10,000 crore scam?

Espionage: It’s a Rs 10,000 crore scam?
Meanwhile, a local court remanded the five arrested corporate executives in police custody till February 24 for further questioning. Delhi Police also conducted raids here and in nearby Noida looking for stolen documents from offices of petroleum companies.

Santanu Saikia, a former journalist, now an energy consultant running a website, claimed before reporters outside a Crime Branch office that it was a Rs 10,000 crore scam, which he was trying to uncover. “Please quote me,” he said as policemen took him in for interrogation. Reacting to his claim, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Saikia was saying such things in a cover-up bid.

“Let him spill out all the information he has. The primary accusation is that somebody stole the papers from the ministry. Police is investigating. Anybody has the right to tell everything to the police,” he said.

Pradhan said police is doing an independent job and everything will be clear after investigation. Law will take its course, whoever they may be, he said, when asked about the arrest of executives of private companies.

Producing the five corporate executives arrested on Friday before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal, the police said: “National interest was taken for a ride in the case. Documents related to national security have also been recovered. This may attract charges under the Official Secrets Act,” said a police official.

The five — Shailesh Saxena from RIL; Vinay Kumar from Essar; KK Naik from Cairns; Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG were produced in the court in police custody till February 24 for further questioning.

The police told the court that they have to consult the concerned ministries regarding the documents, which have been recovered from the possession of the accused and their custodial interrogation was required to confront them with the same.

These five accused were procuring these sensitive documents at the behest of their senior officials, some of whom might be interrogated in the ongoing investigation, police said. The advocates appearing for these five accused vehemently opposed the police’s plea seeking five- day police custody, contending that their clients have been illegally detained since February 18 and 19. The defence counsel also contended that there was nothing to be recovered from their clients and the police have not told the court regarding the specific allegations against these accused.

Police sources said that Subhash Chandra, a senior executive with Jubilant Energy, who was arrested along with four other top officials of energy companies on Friday, was taken to Jain’s office in the morning.  After searching Jain’s office, the police team took him to the Noida office of Jubilant Energy. His office and some other rooms were searched by the police to recover stolen documents.

The office of another petroleum company whose executive was also one of those arrested was also raided by the police. Laptop and computers of the arrested officials have been seized by investigators.

Asked about the issue, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said: “We have searched places which were necessary for the course of investigation. We may further raid places as our aim is to reach the bottom of the whole thing.” The police chief also said that investigation is on in the case and it will end only when a charge sheet will be filed. “We need to know since how long this has been going on and who all benefited from it,” said a senior official. According to police, all these company executives allegedly received stolen documents which have been recovered by police teams during raids from their establishments.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said:  “Jaldhi doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jayega (Soon everything will be clear). No guilty person would be spared and strictest punishment would be given to them,” he said. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan also echoed the same thoughts and said nobody will be allowed to breach the official system and all those responsible will be brought to book. 
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