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Documents leak: Defence Ministry staffer arrested

A file photo of Shastri Bhawan, which houses the offices of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Delhi.  

The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested one more person in > connection with theft of documents from the Union Petroleum Ministry.

The arrested person identified as Virender Kumar was employed as a casual employee in the Defence Ministry. He allegedly provided a forged ID card to Lalta Prasad, one of the earlier arrested accused.

"Lalta Prasad had got entry inside the Petroleum Ministry using the forged ID card given to him by Virender," a police officer said.

"He had also given a paper on the official letter head to another arrested person Raj Kumar Chaubey who used it to prepare the fake permission of his vehicle and projected it as being hired by the Government of India," the officer added.

No sensitive documents were, however, leaked from Defence ministry, the official clarified.

Lalta Parsad and Ram Kumar Chaubey were first to be arrested in the case when the Crime Branch blew the lid on February 19.

Virendra Kumar was arrestedon Tuesday in connection with the first FIR registered by Delhi Police.

This module stole documents from the petroleum ministry.

Police had on Monday arrested one Lokesh Sharma and registered a second FIR as this was a different module which operated in power and coal ministry.

Cracking down on a suspected case of corporate espionage, Delhi Police on Thursday arrested two junior Oil Ministry officials and three other middlemen for allegedly leaking classified government documents to energy companies.

On Friday, two energy consultants Santanu Saikia and Prayas Jain and five senior executives from top energy firms identified as Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, KK Naik from Cairns, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from ADAG Reliance >were arrested.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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