The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has detained a serving Indian Navy officer as well as two retired officers in connection with the leakage of classified material relating to the modernization of a Kilo-class submarine.
According to ANI, the Indian Navy ordered a high-level investigation led by a Vice Admiral. And a Rear Admiral to investigate into the information breach and find ways to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“The CBI arrested a serving Navy officer with the rank of Commander (Lt Col equivalent in Army) who is now based in Mumbai for passing on unauthorised information pertaining to the Kilo-class submarine refurbishment project to retired personnel,” according to sources.
CBI has been questioning a number of serving officials
According to them, the CBI has been questioning a number of other serving officials who had contact with the arrested officers.
According to defence sources, the Indian Navy has been assisting in the ongoing investigations by the Central agency. And has provided its troops for questioning by investigative agents.
The investigation’s status has also been brief to the government’s senior brass, including the agencies in charge of national security.
According to sources, as soon as the situation was brought to the attention of top Naval brass. They organised a five-member team led by a Vice Admiral to examine the matter. Plug any other prospective information breaches in the force, as well as advise ways to prevent such in the future.
According to sources, the investigation agencies have been watching the activities of a huge number of ex-servicemen officers from all three services, which led to the case’s arrests. More arrests are possible, they claimed, because they have received more information.
According to sources, the central agency is also looking into the hardware access. And data access by the arrested officer in his official position. As well as the likelihood of it being leak to third parties.
In the recent past, a number of examples have surfaces in which defence employees. They have been prove to have been infiltrate for virtually leaking information to suspecting Pakistani agencies.