Corporate espionage case: CBI raids various ministries, private firms, recovers Rs 60 lakhs

New Delhi(PTI): The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday carried out searches at various ministries and offices of private firms in Delhi and recoverd Rs 60 lakh in cash.

According to reports, CBI registered case to probe leakage of sensitive documents from various union ministries. The CBI has also recovered several documents.

Delhi Police had on Wednesday (March 11) told a court that documents recovered from the arrested persons in the corporate espionage case was being analysed to unearth a “deep rooted nexus” involving several persons who were “trespassing” in offices of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The Delhi Police had on February 20 arrested the five corporate executives alleging that they used to procure documents from other accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh, and they used to pay them.

These documents were then supplied to the companies by these officials to benefit the firm, the police had said.

Five days later, Virender Kumar, a Defence Ministry staff member, was arrested for allegedly stealing an identity card of an auditor at Indian Defence Accounts Service and providing the same to one of the accused, Lalta Prasad, in the case.

Besides them, the police had also arrested Rakesh Kumar, Prayas Jain, Shantanu Saikia, Ishwar Singh, Asharam and Rajkumar Chaubey, who are also in judicial custody.

In a separate FIR, the police had arrested three others- Lokesh Sharma, an employee of a Noida-based consultancy firm, Jitender Nagpal, PS to Joint Secretary in Forest and Environment Ministry and Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member- and were sent to judicial custody till March 17.

A total of 16 people have been arrested so far in connection with the two FIRs by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.