ISI agent jailed for six-and-a-half years

A Pakistani national, working as an ISI module in India, has been jailed by a Delhi court for six-and-a-half years for spying and illegally residing here.

New Delhi: A Pakistani national, working as
an ISI module in India, has been jailed by a Delhi court for
six-and-a-half years for spying and illegally residing here.

"The prosecution has proved that the accused is a
Pakistani national and was residing in India unauthorisedly
under the name of Sarang Ali Khan," Additional Sessions Judge
Rajneesh Kumar Gupta said while convicting 39-year-old Mohd
Azhar Rafiq.
"The accused was also in possession of offending
documents when he was apprehended while sending the same to
Bangladesh through courier," the court said convicting Rafiq
on two counts of espionage and illegal stay here.

"Keeping in view the facts and the seriousness of the
offences, accused is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a
period of six years and six months under section 3 (penalties
for spying) of the Official Secrets Act," the court said.
It added, "The facts of the case on record had proved
that the Rafiq has collected offending documents for a purpose
prejudicial to the safety and interest of the State."

Rafiq was arrested by Delhi Police`s Special Cell
sleuths on January 16, 2005 on a tip-off that a Pakistan
national, working as an ISI agent, was staying illegally in
India under the false identity of Sarang Ali Khan and would be
coming to Delhi from Gwalior by train.

He was arrested at New Delhi railway station while
getting an envelope couriered to Bangladesh.

PTI

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