Corporate Espionage: Suspects confess passing ‘secret’ documents to seniors & business houses

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New Delhi: Delhi Police Crime Branch sources said that all suspects arrested in connection with the corporate espionage case have confessed to their crime that they had passed all the stolen ‘secret’ documents to their seniors.Santanu Saikia and Prayas Jain, police sources claimed, admitted that information and crucial documents were passed to corporate houses on ‘need to know’ basis.

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Saikia and Jain, the two energy consultants were arrested yesterday and remanded to police custody till February 23.

Saikia, a former journalist, now runs a petro web portal whereas Prayas Jain is CEO of oil and gas consultancy Metis India. Police arrested them after reports emerged suspecting that the duo were recipients of the stolen documents.Saikia, however, maintained that documents weren’t sensitive in nature and can be accessed by anyone.Crime Branch sources further said that Saikia also had links with officials of PSU majors.

It added that Jain used to sort documents, given to him in a bulk, on basis of importance and demand.Supervisors/departmental heads of RIL, Essar, ADAG, Cairns India and Jubilant Energy will be soon summoned, sources added.Meanwhile, the crime branch will ask the Petroleum Ministry to explain relevance and sensitivity of documents seized from the possession of arrested accused.

Yesterday, the Delhi Police had arrested seven persons that included Saikia and Jains. The five executives of leading energy companies who were arrested are: Shailesh Saxena (Manager, corporate affairs, RIL), Subash Chandra (Senior executive, Jubiliant Energy), Rishi Anand (DGM, Reliance ADAG), Vinay (DGM, Essar) and KK Naik (DGM, Cairns India).

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