Naval war room leak case accused Ravi Shankaran has been tracked to Europe and the Central Bureau of Investigation is confident of bringing him back to India to face trial soon.
"Shankaran is somewhere in Europe and we will get him soon," a senior CBI official said. While refusing to comment on his present whereabouts, the official said British authorities had intimated them.
A British court had in April issued an arrest warrant against Shankaran, a relative of former naval chief Admiral Arun Prakash.
The agency refused to comment on whether Shankaran had slipped out of Britain. "We don't require a fresh letter rogatory. The arrest warrant issued by the British court is applicable in Europe," the official said.
Shankaran, declared a proclaimed offender in the case, had left India prior to the registration of the case by the CBI. He was later chargesheeted. He is wanted for alleged leak of classified data from the war room or directorate of naval operations.
India's request for the provisional arrest of Shankaran, 43, was made under Article 12 of its extradition treaty with Britain. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Maini had issued the proclamation order in his name on June 17 last year, directing him to appear before the court.