After diplomat, Army Major held for spying: Report

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, May 6: After Indian diplomat Madhuri Gupta was held for spying, it has now emerged that an Indian Army major allegedly passed some confidential information to Pakistan.

According to a Indian Express report, about a month back Ministry of Defence (MoD) was tipped-off on the suspicious activities of an Army Major, who was posted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The report states the the defence ministry received the information alerting them of the Army Major's espionage charges from United States.

Following the tip-off, Army"s intelligence wing quickly summoned the officer to New Delhi. After analysing emails and other data sent from the officer"s computer to Pakistan, the accused officer was put in 'safe custody' of the Military Intelligence (MI).

During questioning, the officer has pleaded innocence. He told the intelligence officials that he was not aware of the information being sent from his computer to Pakistan. He said that the emails could have been generated by some virus or a malicious software.

However, the MI officials were not convinced as the officer's computer was recently formatted and all contents were cleared off, the report published on Thursday, May 6.

In the last week of Apr 2010, 53-year-old Indian diplomat Gupta, posted as IFS- Group B officer in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, was arrested on espionage charges.

She is accused of passing on classified information to Pakistani intelligence agencies.

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