The CBI has arrested a serving Indian Navy official for allegedly leaking sensitive information related to a submarine modernisation project to two retired officers.
The CBI was tipped off by the intelligence agencies who were monitoring the activities of the three officers. (Representational Image)
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving Indian Navy personnel, two ex-officials of Navy and two private persons in connection with leakage of classified information pertaining to modernisation of a kilo class submarine, sources said.
In details of the CBI operation accessed by India Today, it has emerged that a serving Commander-rank officer in Navy was leaking information to two retired officers, which included a Commodore-rank officer.
The CBI launched the operation after getting tip-offs from the intelligence agencies who were monitoring the activities of the serving and retired officers for some time.
Sources said the serving officer is posted in Mumbai and was arrested from there. However, the information leaks happened in Delhi.
All the accused have been sent to judicial custody. The CBI has also carried out searches at 19 places in Delhi, Noida and Hyderabad in connection with the case.
The agency claims to have recovered and seized several electronic gadgets and other incriminating materials during the searches.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has also ordered an investigation into the case under a Vice Admiral to know if more such leaks took place and how they can be plugged.
“Investigation related to alleged information leak of administrative and commercial nature being with some unauthorised personnel has come to light and is being investigated by appropriate government agency. The investigation by the agency with complete support of the Indian Navy is in progress. An internal inquiry by the Navy is also being progressed,” Indian Navy sources said.
The Russian-origin submarines have been going under a refit in both India and abroad and have been the mainstay of the Indian Navy. A number of cases of leak of sensitive information have been taking place in recent times involving defence personnel.
The Navy officers arrested in this case could be the senior-most among those arrested in connection with other leakage of information cases.
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