Spy versus spy: CBI cracks down in corporate espionage case

The Central Bureau of Investigation today carried out raids at several places in Delhi in connection with the corporate espionage scam involving the sale of classified documents from key ministries to private companies and consultancies.

Reports say the central investigation agency recovered Rs60 lakh and seized documents during the raids.

Whether these documents have any relevance to a sustainable case is anybody's guess, given the way the CBI functions.

The CBI's probe into the case is separate from the one being conducted by the Delhi Police, one report said.

The Delhi Police had in February arrested two government employees as the probe widened after the latest Indian 'scam' was revealed by the media.

The crime branch of the Delhi police arrested the two men employed with the environment ministry and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), who allegedly stole sensitive documents from offices of the oil, coal and power ministries.

Police have so far arrested 16 people from two modules and registered two FIRs in connection with the leak of classified documents from several ministries. Investigators said at least seven more people, already identified, will be arrested soon.

Two energy consultants, Santanu Saikia and Prayas Jain, as well as five senior executives from top energy firms RIL, Essar, Cairn India and ADAG Reliance have also been arrested in the case.