IAF officer arrested for passing secret information to Pak’s ISI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Feb 2018 08:19:25


 

NEW DELHI,

Marwaha shared information and documents with two Pakistani agents who chatted with him on social media site Facebook, pretending to be women

The fake accounts, in the names of ‘Kiran Randhwa’ and ‘Mahima Patel,’ were used to entice him

 

DELHI Police on Friday said it has arrested Indian Air Force (IAF) Group Captain Arun Marwaha on charges of espionage for passing secret information to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. “He was arrested on Wednesday after a case was registered against him under the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” Delhi Police Special Cell’s Special Commissioner M M Oberoi said.


He was produced before a court here on Thursday that sent him to police custody for five days.
Oberoi also said Marwaha was earlier detained by the IAF in January. The Group Captain had been detained by the IAF for investigation on January 31 after his activities were found “suspicious.” The Air Force had approached the Delhi Police to investigate the case. According to a Special Cell officer, Marwaha, shared information and documents with two Pakistani agents who chatted with him on social media site Facebook, pretending to be women. The fake accounts, in the names of ‘Kiran Randhwa’ and ‘Mahima Patel,’ were used to entice him.


He allegedly used his smartphone to click pictures of the classified documents pertaining to the IAF headquarters and then sent them across via WhatsApp.


According to the Special Cell’s officer, the officer befriended the ISI agents posing as women models a few months ago. “They chatted regularly on WhatsApp... and also allegedly exchanged intimate messages. The ISI agents also honey-trapped him after obtaining some of his nude pictures,” the officer said, adding that after gaining Marwaha’s trust, the “Pakistani agents asked the officer for classified documents.”


“The documents which Marwaha shared mostly dealt with training and combat related air exercises. We also found he shared documents of ‘Gagan Shakti’, an exercise,” the officer added. Marwaha is being questioned. His phone has been seized and sent for forensic examination.