New Delhi, Feb 19: The Delhi police is raiding offices of the Reliance Industries Limited, following the arrest of five persons in connection with leaking secret documents of the government of India.
Crime branch officials said that the raids at RIL are being conducted to ascertain the recipient of the documents. Commissioner of Police, Delhi B S Bassi informed that they have identified the recipients of the secret petroleum ministry documents and further investigations are on.
Bassi, however, did not reveal who the recipients of the documents were. He, however, said that they were being questioned and further details would be revealed soon.
It started during UPA government says minister:
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that these officials had been kept under watch since the past couple of months. We had been watching them and once we were sure we informed the Delhi police about it, he also said.
He however blamed the UPA stating that under the previous government it was a common practise to leak papers. No important papers have leaked since the NDA came to power he also added.
We have implemented strict measures and this is part of a clean up act, the minister also informed.
Why were the documents leaked?
The documents according to the police were being leaked to major business houses in order to help them tweak government policy. They would seek government policy decisions before hand so that they could adjust their businesses accordingly, a crime branch official informed OneIndia.
Two lower rank officials in the Petroleum Ministry with the help of three intermediaries had been carrying out this exercise for a few years now.
They were kept on the radar and when concrete evidence came forth we went ahead and arrested them, the police also informed.