Former IAF Officer Arrested For Spying For ISI

29/12/2015 3:57 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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The Air Warrior Drill Team of the Indian Air Force perform a routine during a passing out parade of Aeronautical Engineers at The Air Force Technical College in Bangalore on December 4, 2015. The Parade marks the culmination of 74 weeks of training in Aeronautical Engineering, Military Leadership, Managerial Skills and Ethos of an air warrior. The passing out batch comprised 136 officers, including 37 women and 11 international officers. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN / AFP / MANJUNATH KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- A dismissed Air Force official, who allegedly shared secret documents with intelligence operatives backed by Pakistan's ISI, has been arrested from Punjab by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.

The accused, identified as Ranjith, who was a Leading Aircraft man with the Indian Air Force posted at Bhatinda, was dismissed recently after the force came across the allegations against him backed by actionable evidence put forth by security agencies, said a senior police official.

Ranjith, a native of Kerala, was arrested yesterday and brought to Delhi where he is being produced before a court on transit remand, the senior official said.

Ranjith allegedly shared secret information with operatives of an ISI-backed espionage ring through e-mails and inter-based text messaging services, said an official privy to the investigation.

He added that Ranjith was roped in into the spy ring by an unidentified woman whom he had met over a social networking site.

Ranjith's arrest is close on the hills of the cracking of an ISI-backed espionage racket by the Crime Branch in connection with which five persons -- including a serving and a former army personnel and a serving BSF personnel -- were arrested.

However, the police haven't yet been able to ascertain any specific link between Ranjith and the other racket, which were even found to have sources at the office of the Pakistan High Commission here, the official added.

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