Shankaran (46) was arrested by the metropolitan police in London on Apr 21. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has been informed of the development, will has sought his early extradition.
"Shankaran has been arrested and we have moved for his early extradition," CBI director Ashwini Kumar told a news agency on Friday, May 21, a month after the kingpin of the infamous case was arrested.
The arrest of Shankaran, who is a close relative of the Naval Chief Admiral Arun Prakash, comes as a huge breakthrough in the case.
The CBI now hopes that the accused will be extradicted to India soon, so that the investigative officials can begin questioning.
Shankaran allegedly sent classified information to commercial firms for money and other benefits. In the case registed by the CBI in 2006, former IAF Wing Commander Sambhaji Rao Surve, ex-naval Commanders Vinod Kumar Jha and Vinod Rana, Raj Rani Jaiswal, Mukesh Bajaj, Wing Commander (retired) SK Kohli, Kashyap Kumar and Kulbushan Parashar were also named.
The nine accused face charges under several sections of the Official Secrets Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).