CBI summoned senior officials in RIL and arrested D. Singh against allegations of ‘Leakage of Confidential documents of Government’

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Confidential Documents of Government leakage and selling case filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 12th March, 2015 and in pursuance thereof it has raided several places, wherein Offices of Various ministers and also private establishments located at New Delhi and Finance capital, Mumbai. CBI arrested those found engaged in controversy including the Secretary in department of disinvestment and grievances, Ashok Kumar Singh, Section Officer of economic affairs department, Lala Ram Sharma and Upper division clerk in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Daljeet Singh.

Besides, the CBI summoned the seniors in Reliance Industries Limited (RIM), however, it was claimed on behalf of RIL that ‘No RIL staff has received such a summon’.

On Monday the CBI has arrested an Employee in Commerce Ministry who was being abscond, for the reason of his role in leakage and selling of documents being Confidential Government documents which were stolen. Daljeet Singh who is an upper division clerk in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), was arrested from his hideout here. CBI has contentions that, such confidential documents had been provided by D. Singh to his counterparts in the Minstry of Finance, who were giving those to Charter Accountant (C.A.) in Mumbai for consideration. Moreover, those documents were also moved at various corporate buildings. Also as per Investigators, the documents were provided to Ashok Kumar and Lala Ram Sharma and thereafter to Khemchand Gandhi. One, C.A. namely, K. Gandhi was also taken into custody while CBI was raiding at Mumbai.

On 13th March, the CBI arrested Ram Niwas and Paresh Chimanlal who were the Assistant in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) under the Ministry of Finance and a partner in the Private Partnership Firm named ‘Chitale Associates’, respectively.

Moreover, the alleged involvement of one Multi National Company, namely Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC) dealing with taxation and consulting services and having its corporate offices at more than 150 countries, was also revealed by the Probing Agency. In clarification on behalf of PwC company, it was said that, “Our manager met CBI officials today in connection with the FIPB applications filed by our clients and the official communication that we have exchanged with FIPB in this regard, in the normal course of business. Necessary clarifications as asked for were provided”.

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CBI, senior officials said, “it was a well-flourishing racket that was being operated out of the national capital with deals being fixed mostly in country’s financial capital Mumbai and Bangaluru.”

Similar case relating to stealing of Government Documentations, is one of corporate espionage, the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, on 18th March is scheduled to hear on bail applications of three executives viz. Mr. Vinay Kumar from Essar, Mr. Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Mr. Shailesh Saxena from RIL. The Court of Shri. Sanjay Khanagwal, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate was to hear those arguments on 16th March, however, it was posted on 18th March. Apart from these three executives, there are other two corporate executives viz. Mr. Rishi Anand, Deputy General Manager of Reliance ADAG and Mr. K.K. Naik, General Manager of Cairns India, who are also being arrested in this controversy. Oppose is being received from Crime Branch, Delhi.

The Court in its earlier orders extended judicial custody till 19th March, of five corporate executives who were arrested under this controversy.

Besides, several other officials and persons who are engaged in the matter were also arrested by the Delhi Police officers and some of those are in judicial custody. Moreover, in pursuance with the another separate FIR, the police officers have arrested Mr. Lokesh Sharma, the Employee of a Noida-based consultancy firm, Mr. Jitender Nagpal, PS to Joint Secretary in Ministry of Forest and Environment and Mr. Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member. And these were sent to judicial custody till March 17. As such, in pursuance of two separate FIRs lodge by Crime Branch, total sixteen persons have been arrested till today.

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by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan.