RIL vice president KV Mohanan a suspect in documents leak case: CBI to Delhi court

In what could prove to be troublesome for Reliance India Limited (RIL), the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday told a court that the company's vice president (Finance) KV Mohanan is one of the suspects in the documents leak case.

New Delhi: CBI on Thursday told a Delhi court that Reliance Industries Ltd's Vice President (Finance) KV Mohanan and Rajendra Chitale of Mumbai-based law firm, Chitale and Associates, were "suspects" in the documents leak case.

The agency told this to Special CBI Judge SC Rajan while seeking extension of police custody of two arrested accused, chartered accountant Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh Chimanlal Budhdev, partner in Chitale and Associates.

The prosecutor told the court that Mohanan and Chitale were required to be confronted with Paresh and Gandhi to unearth the larger conspiracy among the accused persons.

The CBI also said that huge amount of money was paid to various persons in the case and they are ascertaining their identities.

"During the custodial investigation, two more suspects K B Mohanan, Vice President (Finance), RIL and Rajendra Chitale of M/s Chitale and Associates were also called today i.E. March 19 and both the suspects are required to be confronted with Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh Chimanlal Budhdev," the prosecutor said.

The counsel appearing for these two accused opposed the CBI plea contending that the agency has not given any reasons while seeking extension of police custody remand by two days.

The judge after hearing the submissions, extended the CBI custody of Gandhi and Paresh by two days till March 21.

During the hearing, four other arrested accused, Ashok Kumar Singh, Lala Ram Sharma, Daljeet Singh and Ram Niwas, were produced before the court and the CBI said that they be remanded to judicial custody as they were not required for further custodial interrogation.

The court remanded these four accused to judicial custody till April 1.

The court had on March 17 sent three government employees, Ashok Kumar Singh, Lala Ram Sharma and Daljeet Singh, Gandhi and Paresh to CBI custody till today.

The agency had earlier told the court huge incriminating documents have been seized during the probe and these accused were allegedly passing on and procuring classified and secret documents.

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