corporate espionage
The five people arrested by the Delhi Police for stealing documents and leaking them to corporate houses being taken to be produced before a Delhi Court on Feb 20, 2015. The arrested people include two employees of the petroleum ministry.IANS

The Delhi Police made a fresh arrest on Tuesday in connection with the corporate espionage case, accusing a defence ministry employee of leaking classified documents from the ministry.

The arrest of the accused, identified as Virender and employed as a casual worker in the ministry, comes after the Delhi Police initiated an investigation into documents allegedly stolen from the ministry, says Zee News. Virender is also accused of making fake identity cards.

He was interrogated by the Delhi Police for over six hours on Monday. He was allegedly in touch some of the accused in the corproate espionage case, according to The Times of India

Meanwhile, the police arrested a consultant, Lokesh Sharma on Monday, for allegedly leaking documents from petroleum, coal and power ministries.

Sharma, son of an employee at the petroleum ministry, was working with Noida-based firm Infraline Energy.

He is accused of not only leaking classified documents to his employer, but also to two other accused in the case, journalist Santanu Saikia and consultant Prayas Jain, who were arrested on the day the Delhi Police busted the racket.

idata, a Delhi-based firm, was also raided by the police, because some of the firm's employees allegedly bought documents from Sharma.

Apart from Sharma, the police interrogated seven more suspects, Laal Babu and Ranjeet Mehto from coal ministry, and Bhupendra, Amit, Kamal Kishore, Virendra and Surendra from petroleum ministry on Monday.

A Delhi police team led by Additional CP Ashok Chand and ACP K P S Malhotra is investigating the case and are on the look out for other accused, including the receiver of the leaked documents.

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