New Delhi: A Defence Ministry staff member, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the corporate espionage case, was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till March 05 by a Delhi court.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal remanded Defence Ministry's housekeeping staff member Virender Kumar to eight-day judicial custody after the crime branch of Delhi Police said he was not required for custodial interrogation.
Kumar was arrested on February 23 and was yesterday sent to one day police custody by the court to enable the cops to understand his alleged role in the case.
The crime branch officials had earlier told the court that Kumar was arrested for allegedly stealing an identity card of an auditor at Indian Defence Accounts Service and providing the same to one of the accused, Lalta Prasad, in the case.
They had said that Kumar had stolen the I-card and then forged it to pass it on to Prasad, who used it to secure entry in various ministries.
The court had yesterday sent to judicial custody till March 5 five corporate executives -- Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, KK Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG -- who were produced from police custody, after the crime branch officials said their custody was not required.
The court had asked the police if any new recoveries were made from the five accused, to which the Investigating Officer (IO) had replied in negative.
The police had alleged materials recovered from them show "national security was taken for a ride".
Earlier, the counsel for these five accused had alleged that their clients were beaten in police custody and made to sign blank papers.
Saxena is manager, Corporate Affairs, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL); Chandra is senior executive, Jubilant Energy; Anand is DGM, Reliance ADAG; Vinay is DGM, Essar and Naik is GM, Cairns India.
According to the police, the five accused used to procure documents from arrested accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh, and they used to pay them. These documents were then supplied to the companies by these officials to benefit the firm.
Besides them, the police has arrested Lalta Prasad, Rakesh Kumar, Prayas Jain, Shantanu Saikia, Ishwar Singh, Asharam and Rajkumar Chaubey, who are also in judicial custody.
Police had earlier told another court that they have recovered "sensitive" documents pertaining to ministries of Coal, Power and others from his possession and he was remanded to five-day police custody till February 28.