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APR 20 2015

13 chargesheeted in petroleum ministry document leaks case

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Mon 20th APR 2015

Delhi Police on Saturday filed a chargesheet against 13 persons, including five executives of major corporate houses and a scribe, arrested in connection with the petroleum ministry documents leak case, while it did not rule out slapping charges under the Official Secrets Act against them.

Among the 13 chargesheeted accused are five corporate executives — Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, KK Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG. The other accused are Ishwar Singh, Asharam, Lalta Prasad and  Rakesh Kumar, who were working as multi-tasking staff in the ministry; defence ministry staffer Virender Kumar; Rajkumar Chaubey (a private person); energy consultant Prayas Jain and journalist Shantanu Saikia. All the accused are currently in judicial custody. At the time of their arrest, Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar had quit their jobs.

The court has fixed April 20 for consideration of the 44-page chargesheet. The police have chargesheeted all these accused for alleged offences under sections 457 (trespass), 380 (theft), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine forged documents), 34 (common intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, sources said.

On April 15, ministry of petroleum and natural gas had filed a report before another court, which is hearing the bail pleas of the five corporate executives and Virender Kumar, saying that eight documents recovered from the accused were classified in nature and none of them were in the public domain.

 

Timeline:

* Feb 19: Accused Ishwar Singh, Asharam, Rajkumar Chaubey arrested

* Feb 20: Court sends co-accused Lalta Prasad, Rakesh Kumar, Prayas Jain and Shantanu Saikia to police custody

* Feb 20: Five corporate executives arrested for procuring classified files

* Feb 24: Defence ministry staff member Virender Kumar arrested

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Delhi Essar Electric Power Development Corporation Limited Gas Natural Gas Reliance Industries limited Energy Petroleum Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Essar Essar Steel Essar Oil Ltd. Jubilant Energy India

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