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Top RIL official receives CBI summons

Top RIL official receives CBI summons
The RIL (owned by Mukesh Ambani) official was issued summons for examination after his name was revealed by by Mumbai-based Chartered Accountant Khem Chand Gandhi. Gandhi is presently in CBI’s custody and he claimed that the RIL official was also involved in the act.

“We are not revealing the RIL’s official name as this could hamper our investigation. He will be here at our headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday to appear for questioning.” Earlier in the day, the agency also summoned Rajendra Chitale of a well known Mumbai based law firm Chitale & Associates for examination.

An upper division clerk identified as Daljeet Singh from the commerce ministry, who was absconding for long, was arrested on Monday. Recently, CBI raided Daljeet’s house but could not find him but later acting on source information the sleuths managed to arrest him . It was Daljeet who leaked documents from the ministry to Under Secretary Ashok Kumar Singh and chartered accountant Gandhi.

When this reporter tried contacting Chitale over telephone in Mumbai, a person picked up his cell phone and claimed that he was busy in a meeting. He was tight-lipped over the CBI summons. It is learnt that Chitale is also on the board of directors of one of the companies owned by Anil  Ambani.

In the context of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) involvement in the “Corporate Espionage”, CBI sources said, “Some of the officials of PwC will be examined because our officers have seized some government documents from there, which should not have been in their possession.”

During the questioning of arrested persons in the case, it has come to light that an official of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was allegedly procuring documents from the department of economic affairs through Gandhi.

Last month, the Delhi Police blew the lid off corporate espionage in the petroleum ministry, which was followed by series of arrests. At least 21 people, including government officials, journalists, energy consultants and senior executives of top energy companies have been arrested so far.

Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha on Monday Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said “Nothing concrete” has emerged yet in the Delhi Police probe into the classified documents theft case. “First we should let the investigation report come out, as nothing concrete (has emerged) yet. But, as I have already said, nobody will be spared,” he added.

This is not for the first time when names of Reliance Industries officials have come out in similar cases. In 2002, a Delhi court had ordered the arrest of two top officials of Reliance Industries -- group vice president A N Sethuraman and corporate affairs GM Shanker Adawal, in connection with the recovery of classified documents from the RIL corporate office and a case against these officials under the Official Secrets Act was registered.

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