Govt cracks whip on moles in security establishmnt

Cracking the whip on moles in security establishments, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday warned action against anyone helping corporates to snoop.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 00:42 AM IST

New Delhi: Cracking the whip on moles in
security establishments, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday
warned action against anyone helping corporates to snoop.

Taking a serious note of any misconduct by government
officials, he expressed zero tolerance to such matters.

His comments came against the backdrop of Ravi Inder
Singh, an IAS officer, arrested for allegedly leaking
sensitive information from the Home Ministry.

Chidambaram said the government was aware of the alleged
leaking of information by the officer and kept him under
surveillance for some time before he was arrested.

"He (the officer) had been placed under surveillance and
at an appropriate time, he was apprehended," he told
reporters.

Chidambaram said if someone in the government was helping
corporates to snoop, government would take appropriate action.

"We have taken action in last two years. Two officers of
the Home Ministry have been arrested, suspended and
prosecuted. There will be zero tolerance to corruption, zero
tolerance to disloyalty to government and zero tolerance to
any misconduct," he said.

The 1994-batch West Bengal cadre IAS officer, posted as
director in the internal security division of the Home
Ministry, had allegedly leaked information to a telecom
company for illegal gratification.

PTI