New Delhi: Amid the growing corporate espionage scandal, there is speculation that the leaked documents may have crossed borders and found their way to China and Pakistan, a report claimed on Tuesday.
According to a report published in the Mail Today, the Delhi Police is probing whether Prayas Jain, a Melbourne-based energy consultant, who is under custody, shared any information with neighbouring countries.
The investigation so far has revealed Jain was in touch with some foreign nationals.
The Mail Today report states that Jain has confessed to having over 250 clients worldwide from private companies dealing in power, coal, oil and gas.
Jain used to sell secret documents to his clients and used to pay Rs 1 lakh to procure the papers.
A mysterious “fire” at the office of energy consultant Prayas Jain, who has been arrested for allegedly buying stolen secret documents of the Oil Ministry, has gutted “assets” inside.
A day after the arrest of its chief executive Jain in the corporate espionage case, Metis Energy, on February 19, sent an e-mail to its clients, saying the daily newsletter on happenings in oil and gas and power sectors will not be delivered for the next one week because of a “fire” at its office.
Jain was arrested along with former journalist Santanu Saikia on February 18 for allegedly buying stolen government files from a gang of five that included two junior Oil Ministry officials, for peddling to corporates.
Prior to starting Metis in May 2009, Jain worked as Manager, business development, at Infraline Energy, another Metis-type market intelligence and sector specific news provider.
The crackdown in the corporate espionage case led to the arrest of another person today for allegedly possessing "secret" documents of various ministries, bringing the number of those in police net to 14 even as four accused alleged that they were forced to sign on blank papers.