Charge-sheeted former RAW official wants documents preserved

April 8th, 2008 - 8:21 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Major General (retd) V.K. Singh, a former top official of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly using classified information in his book, told a city court Tuesday that he wanted the documents mentioned in his book to be preserved. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kanwaljeet Arora issued notice to the CBI for April 17.

Singh through his counsel Anup Khullar stated that the documents of all the purchases of some hardware and software programmes made by the RAW and other documents pertaining to the deals mentioned in his book, “India’s External Intelligence - Secrets of RAW”, should be preserved.

“Those documents are of vital importance for proving my client’s innocence in the case. It’s on the basis of the documents that we can face the trial and defend ourselves,” Khullar told IANS.

Earlier in the day, Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Kapoor reserved an order on carrying out in-camera proceedings in the case.

The investigating agency had moved an application in the court last year that since it is a sensitive matter the media should not be allowed to attend proceedings and the trial should be done in-camera.

Khullar had then claimed that the CBI was keen on an in-camera trial because of “sensitive” reports appearing in various newspapers.

Khullar also said that his client was a whistle blower who tried to expose corruption in the agency.

Singh in his book had revealed the workings of the RAW and questioned the leadership and accountability of the agency.

Khullar alleged that the CBI booked Singh under the Official Secrets Act for writing a book that is available in the market and is not banned.

The investigating agency Sep 19 last year registered a case against Singh for allegedly violating Section 5 (wrongful communication of information) of the Official Secrets Act.

The CBI raided Singh’s house last September after the government filed a complaint with the probe agency. Singh was a joint secretary with the RAW.

Last month, a draft charge sheet against Singh was sent to the home ministry for perusal and it will soon be submitted before the designated court.

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