Two naval officers named in CBI chargesheet for leaking information

New Delhi, November 03 (KMS): India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has filed its first chargesheet in the alleged leak of sensitive information on submarine retrofitting projects against six persons, including two serving naval officers, officials said.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the serving naval officers were accused of leaking confidential information to retired officers in return for pecuniary gains. In September, the CBI had carried out a raid and arrested two retired officers.

This is one of the quickest probes in defence corruption cases as the agency filed the chargesheet within 60 days of the first arrests made on September 3 to ensure that the arrested accused do not get easy bail.

In its chargesheet filed before a special CBI court in New Delhi, the probe agency slapped Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC (Indian Penal Code) and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

One of the two serving commanders is Ajeet Kumar Pandey. The other accused are Commodore-rank retired officers Randeep Singh and SJ Singh, who is working for a Korean submarine company; a director of a private company; and an alleged hawala operator.

The accused had been passing on sensitive commercial information on the Medium Refit Life Certification (MRLC) programme of India’s Kilo Class submarines to “unauthorised people for illegal gratification”, the officials said.