CBI charge sheets RAW official who turned author

April 9th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by admin  

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here Wednesday submitted in court a charge sheet against Maj. Gen. (Retd) V.K. Singh, former senior official in India’s external intelligence agency the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), for divulging classified information in his book released last year. “A complaint under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) was filed in the court of chief metropolitan magistrate against Singh and the publisher of the book,” CBI spokesperson G. Mohanty said.

The CBI had booked Singh, who served as joint director for the external intelligence agency, on a complaint from RAW in September 2007.

The complaint has been registered under sections 3 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act for “wrongful communication of information” through his book “India’s External Intelligence: Secrets of RAW”.

He has also been charged under Section 409 of Indian Penal Code (criminal breach of trust by a public servant).

“After investigation it was found that Singh had revealed the contents of the ’secret’ recommendations of the Group of Ministers on Internal Security given in 2001,” Mohanty said.

According to the CBI charge sheet, Singh had also allegedly divulged the details of “top secret” future technology up-gradation project “Vision 2000″ of RAW.

He had specifically given the details of the technical aspects of two of the sub projects namely VSAT Project and UHF/VHF Project, which were classified as “secret”, the CBI charged.

Vivek Garg, the publisher of the book, has been charge sheeted for publishing the book despite knowing fully well that certain contents, as admitted by the author in the book itself, were of secret/top secret/classified nature.

The book alleges political interference and corruption in the intelligence agency.

It also says there were severe lapses on the government’s part that facilitated the escape of senior RAW official Rabinder Singh, who is believed to have fled to the US following a spying expos

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