2 more arrested in corporate espionage case

They allegedly procured documents illegally from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Updated - April 02, 2016 06:53 am IST

Published - February 27, 2015 02:21 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Investigations into document thefts from ministries widened with the arrest of two more persons from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the UPSC. The arrested persons were allegedly procuring documents illegally from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

What has come as a shock to the investigators is the fact that the two have allegedly indulged in the illegal activity for 15 years. No official documents from the Ministry of Environment and Forests have, however, been stolen or leaked, the police said.

The arrested persons are accused of providing documents to Lokesh Sharma, who was arrested in the case for his involvement in procuring official documents from the Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Coal in Shastri Bhavan and the Ministry of Power with the help of his associates in connivance with some staff.

“Jitender Nagpal, PS to Joint Secretary in the Forest and Environment Ministry, and Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member, were arrested on Thursday morning,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said. They were produced in court and have been remanded in police custody for five days.

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