Farhat Khan, the former personal assistant of Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Chaudhary Munawwar Salim was in touch with the Inter-Services Intelligence since 1996. Farhat's name came up during investigation for the first time following the detention of Mehmood Akthar who was working at the Pakistan's high commission in Delhi.
According to Akthar, Farhat was in touch with the ISI since 1996. "When I came to India, I was told by the bosses about him. I got in touch with him and he in turned sourced crucial documents for us, Akthar had told the Delhi police before he was declared persona non grata and deported to Pakistan.
The Delhi police, while quoting Akthar's statement in the chargesheet says that it was Farhat who used his office as a personal assistant to the MP to source documents. The police say that Farhat was in touch with ISI agents since 1996 and had shared a lot of confidential information.
Farhat in fact became the PA of an MP in 1986 for the first time. Since then, he had been associated with the offices of at least 4 MPs. He would steal documents relating to the Parliament and sell them to the ISI, the chargesheet states.
How Farhat was trapped
For his first time, Farhat shared a document for the lure of money. The pressure was clearly building on him and of course the fear of getting caught loomed largely over his head. The first time that he handed over a document, the Pakistanis made sure that he was shot on camera.
This was the trap that had been set and Farhat had no choice but to keep passing on documents fearing that the Pakistanis may rat him out. He told the police that at times he felt that he should get out of this web. But each time he tried telling his handlers, they would threaten to make public the photographs in which he was seen handing over secret documents.
To make matters worse for him, at one party held at the Pakistan high commission, he was photographed with women. The women would be intentionally sent to him and then someone would shoot pictures. "This too was used as a blackmail tool against him," an investigating officer added.
During the course of the questioning, Khan revealed that he was in touch with various persons. Moreover, he had earned the trust of several politicians and had worked as their personal assistants. This helped him get access to secret files which he would pass on, he also revealed during his questioning.