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Corporate espionage case: Senior Reliance official questioned

A senior Reliance official is reported to have been questioned in connection with the widening corporate espionage case.



New Delhi: A senior Reliance official is reported to have been questioned in connection with the widening corporate espionage case.

As per reports, the Delhi Police on Thursday informally questioned Shankar Adawal, president (corporate affairs), Reliance Industries Limited.

The police also seized Adawal's computer during questioning at his office.

A total of 16 people have been arrested and Delhi Police's Crime Branch has filed two FIRs so far in connection with the case.

On Thursday, Delhi Police had arrested two more persons in connection with the dicuments leaks case.

"Jitender Nagpal, PS to Joint Secretary in Forest and Environment ministry and Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member were arrested," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ravindra Yadav said.

"Vipan was earlier posted at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and he was getting secret documents with the help of his contacts mainly from there," he added.

The two have been arrested in the connection with the second FIR in which five people were named earlier including Lokesh, an energy consultant who was arrested on Monday by the Crime Branch busting the second module in the corporate espionage case.

"Nagpal and Vipan used to provide stolen documents to Lokesh," Yadav said.

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

A day later, 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 PTI inputs)

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