December 4, 2021

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Navy commander among 5 held for leaking info

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Navy commander among 5 held for leaking info
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Navy commander among 5 held for leaking info
Navy commander among 5 held for leaking info

NEW DELHI: A serving naval officer and two retired ones, along with two “private persons”, have been arrested by the CBI in connection with the alleged leaking of confidential information about the modernisation of the Russian-origin Kilo-class conventional submarines in exchange for bribes.
The Navy is also conducting an internal inquiry, headed by a Vice Admiral, into the case to probe the information-leak and suggest measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
There could be some more arrests in the case, and it is as yet unclear if foreign intelligence agencies were involved in the leak.
CBI searches 19 locations, seizes gadgets & papers
CBI officials remain tight-lipped on the amount of money involved as well as the nature and extent of information leaked.
“The investigation is at an initial stage. The initial probe suggests that the two private individuals had come in contact with the serving officer through one of the retired officers and made the offer during a party,” said a source.
The serving officer of the rank of a Commander (equivalent to Lt-Colonel in the Army) was arrested by the CBI from the Western Naval Command in Mumbai last month. Among the four other accused, one retired as a Commodore (Brigadier) and another as a Commander. All five are now in judicial custody.
“Acting on information provided by intelligence agencies, the serving officer was arrested for allegedly passing on information connected to the modernisation refit of the Russian-origin Kilo or Sindhughosh-class submarines to the other accused for illegal gratification,” said the source.
The CBI has conducted searches in 19 places, including Delhi, Noida, Mumbai and Hyderabad, and seized computers, gadgets, documents and other “incriminating evidence”.
The Navy, in a statement on Tuesday, said, “The alleged information leak of administrative and commercial nature with some unauthorised personnel has come to light. It is being investigated by the appropriate government agency (CBI), with complete support from the Navy.”

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