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Espionage case: PA of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP arrested

Farhat, the PA of Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Munvvar Saleem, was on Saturday sent to police custody for 10 days by a Delhi court in the espionage case invloving a Pakistan High Commission staffer.

The investigating officer said the accused, who was allegedly working for an ISI spy ring, was produced before Duty Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg and remanded for custodial interrogation till November 8, 2016.

He said Mr. Farhat has to be confronted with other arrested men to unearth the larger conspiracy and nab others.

Delhi Police claimed that Mr. Farhat was involved in the espionage ring in which Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar, described as the kingpin working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was detained by police for alleged possession of sensitive defence documents.

It said that Mr. Farhat was detained on Friday night and was arrested on Saturday afternoon after prolonged questioning.

The officer said that preliminary questioning has led to certain revelations that need to be further investigated as other names have cropped up.

The agency has already arrested three persons — Shoaib Hasan, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir — earlier in the case who are in police custody till November 8, 2016.

During the proceedings on Saturday, police alleged that more persons are likely to be apprehended and more documents and other evidence to be recovered with the help of the accused.

The agency also said that all the accused persons arrested so far would be confronted with each other and taken to various places in the course of the investigation.


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