New Delhi: Delhi Police’s crime branch filed a chargesheet against the accused in corporate espionage case on Saturday afternoon, sources said.
Chargesheet is against the 13 accused arrested in the case and will explain how these documents were fraudulently stolen from the ministries and sold to ‘energy consultants’ who in turn sold it to the corporate houses.The court has fixed April 20 for taking its cognizance.
As per an affidavit submitted by the petroleum ministry, 8 of the 189 sold documents were classified. However, Official Secrets Act will not be invoked in this chargesheet as a specific reply from the ministry is pending in the matter.
There are more than 200 pages in the police report which goes on to specify the role of each of the suspects in the case.
On February 20, crime branch had arrested officials of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), Essar, Cairns and others.
The arrested corporates were Shailesh Saxena of RIL, Vinay Kumar of Essar, KK Naik of Cairns, Subhash Chandra of Jubilant Energy, Rishi Anand of Reliance ADAG.
A day before this, the police had arrested multi-tasking officers of petrolium ministry including Asharam and his two son. Two other associates were arrested two.
This was followed by the arrests of energy consultants Santanu Saikia, Lokesh Sharma and others.