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Former RAW director held in espionage case approaches HC

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2010 12:09 IST
Delhi High Court

A former director of RAW held for allegedly passing sensitive information to a US diplomat has approached the Delhi High Court seeking details from the government about snooping software of the agency.

Brigadier (retd) Ujjal Dasgupta, lodged in jail since his arrest in 2006, had sought the court's direction to government to reveal details about the installation, delivery and entries made during the process of transportation of CDs of software 'Anveshak' from Centre for Development of Advanced Computing to the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Dasgupta, pleaded that the information is necessary to prove his client's innocence in the espionage case.

"According to police, the basis of the charges against him is the alleged presence of a software named along with the data stored by the RAW through the software on his office laptop and home computer. So, it is needed that details about the software is revealed," Bhushan pleaded.

Justice S Muralidhar, after hearing his contention asked the government to file its response by February 15 when the matter would be taken up for further hearing.

The officer approached the court against the order of Central Information Commission, which had rejected his plea for disclosure of information.

The CIC had upheld the view of the Cabinet Secretariat that the information sought by Dasgupta pertains to national security and cannot be disclosed, giving credence to the claim that its disclosure may affect security of the state.