Leakgate: CBI summons senior RIL official, law firm partner

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 00:42 IST

The CBI has summoned a senior official of Reliance Industries Limited and managing partner of a Mumbai-based law firm for their alleged involvement in the corporate espionage case.

The two are expected to be questioned on Wednesday.

Confirming this, a senior official told HT, “Though the Mumbai-based senior RIL official had suspected links with the CA and therefore will be questioned by us, we do not know yet if his company too was a beneficiary in the case.”

“No RIL staff has received such a summon. Your information has no basis and is denied,” an RIL spokesperson said.

CBI did not disclose the RIL official’s name but a source said the other person was Rajendra P Chitale, a managing partner of a Mumba-based law firm and serves on the board of several firms. Chitale’s partner Paresh Buddhadev has already been arrested on Friday for allegedly damaging case evidence. HT could not reach Chitale for his comments despite calls and text message. “Both the persons were in touch with CA Khemchand Gandhi who was arrested for buying classified documents from four accused government officials,” said a CBI official.

The CBI suspects that Gandhi was allegedly “passing on the purchased leaked documents to a group of dozen-odd corporate firms that could have got the first-movers’ advantage on the sly,” said the official.

The CBI made its sixth arrest in the case on Monday by nabbing Daljit Singh, an upper-division clerk in the commerce ministry (department of industrial policy & promotion), for allegedly selling documents to a co-accused Ashok K Singh, an under-secretary in the department of disinvestments and grievances. Singh in turn sold them to Gandhi, said an agency source. The Delhi Police are already looking into leaks from four other ministries — oil, coal, power, and environment.

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