Corporate exes prove tough nuts to crack, big fish breathe easy for now

“We will question top level executives or raid their offices only when we have concrete evidence to do that,” said Taj Hassan, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime).

A senior police official said that when the first set of accused — the multi-tasking staffer, driver and employees of the energy consultants  were arrested, they disclosed the names of the mid-level executives to whom they sold the documents. The executives were then summoned from questioning and simultaneously their offices were raided. Only after the police recovered leaked documents from their offices, the executives were arrested.

The mid-level executives arrested so far represent corporate giants like Reliance India Limited, Essar, Cairns India, Jubilant energy and Reliance Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group. During interrogation, the mid-level executives so far have disclosed that they only analysed the procured documents and passed the report further for decision-making.

But they have refrained from disclosing the names of any top-level executive. “So right now, we are not in a position to summon specific top-level executives for questioning or raid their offices,” said the senior official.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi reiterated these views and said that recorded details, disclosure statements and several documents are currently being analysed by a team. “We will surely question top executives, confiscate exhibits and arrests may follow, if the need arises,” said Bassi, emphasising on the last part of the sentence.

A top-level RIL executive, Raghu Raman, was asked to appear for questioning on Sunday but he couldn’t appear because he was reportedly recovering from swine flu. Regarding this, a police source clarified that Raman wasn’t summoned with an official notice, however, he had agreed to help in the investigation.
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