New Delhi: Crime Branch of Delhi Police today registered second FIR in connection with the sensational corporate espionage scandal.
Police also arrested another energy consultant on charges of obtaining leaked documents. The consultant has been identified as Lokesh, who worked for Infraline consultancy firm at Noida.
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“We are making further investigation & have lodged the second FIR. Another person named Lokesh apprehended,” BS Bassi, Delhi Police Chief, said.
The FIR has been lodged under the same section of trespass, obtaining stolen property, criminal conspiracy and fraud. Sections of Official Secrets Act to be added to the FIR soon.
Lokesh will be produced in court later in the day.
A total of 12 people have been so far arrested in the case.
The Delhi Police busted the corporate spying ring in the Petroleum Ministry after being alerted by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The police caught Rakesh Kumar, 30, Lalta Prasad, 36 - both brothers and residents of Delhi, and Raj Kumar Chaubey, 39, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, red-handed with photocopies of some secret documents in Shastri Bhawan on February 17. Based on information provided by them, government employees Asharam, 58, and Ishwar Singh, 56 were also arrested. They were part of the multi-tasking staff (MTS) in Shastri Bhawan. Two energy consultants -- Santanu Saikia, a former journalist, now running a web portal and Prayas Jain, CEO of oil and gas consultancy Metis India -- were also arrested as they were also suspected to be receivers of the stolen documents.
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Crime Branch officers said that they are still questioning he five executives of leading energy companies who were arrested in the case. They are: Shailesh Saxena (Manager, corporate affairs, RIL), Subash Chandra (Senior executive, Jubiliant Energy), Rishi Anand (DGM, Reliance ADAG), Vinay (DGM, Essar) and KK Naik (DGM, Cairns India).
Delhi Police, which is probing the case, reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs.