NEW DELHI, Feb 23 – Another module allegedly involved in leaking confidential documents from the coal and power ministries was today unearthed by Delhi Police, which arrested one person and detained six others in the corporate espionage case, reports PTI.
The Crime Branch has registered a separate FIR under sections of trespass, theft, criminal conspiracy and fraud in this case as this module operated separately from the one involved in the petroleum ministry racket in which 12 people have been arrested so far.
The man arrested in this new module has been identified as Lokesh, who worked for a consultancy firm in Noida.
At least six persons were picked up for questioning from Shastri Bhavan in this connection by the Crime Branch and more arrests are likely soon. Search and raids were continuing in Delhi and the NCR in this connection.
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that during investigation the police came to know that Lokesh was allegedly involved in recovering documents from the Ministry of Coal as well as the Ministry of Power.
“So we have registered a case and we are making further efforts to arrest his accomplices. We have registered a second FIR,” he said.
Meanwhile, the four accused, who were arrested earlier in the corporate espionage case, were today remanded to judicial custody till March 6 by a Delhi court where they alleged that they were forced to sign on blank papers by the police during their custodial interrogation.
The four accused – Lalta Prasad, Rakesh Kumar, Prayas Jain and Shantanu Saikia – were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Dheeraj Mittal after expiry of their police custody.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police said they be remanded to 11 days’ judicial custody as they were not required for further interrogation at this stage.
During the hearing, the counsel appearing for these four accused told the magistrate that their clients were forced to sign five-six blank papers during custodial interrogation.
At this, the magistrate individually asked the four accused whether they were forced to sign the papers or not.