Navy War Room leak: JC of all 6 accused extended
A Delhi court has extended the judicial custody of all the six accused arrested in the Navy War Room leak case for another 14 days.india Updated: May 12, 2006 02:50 IST
A Delhi court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of all the six accused arrested in the Navy War Room leak case for another 14 days.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kanwaljeet Arora remanded the accused, who were all produced in court, to May 25 after CBI submitted that the probe into the case had reached a crucial stage and some of the other accused are still absconding.
The six accused are ex-Indian Air Force Commander SL Surve, sacked Naval Commanders VK Jha, Vijender Rana, Kulbhushan Parashar, "conduit" Raj Rani Jaiswal and Mukesh Bajaj.
A non-bailable warrant is already pending against kin of Vice-Admiral Arun Prakash and key accused in the case, Ravi Shankaran, who is presently in London. Moreover, the court has asked the External Affairs Ministry as to why his passport need not be revoked.
Shankaran's office "Shanks Oceanographic Private Limited" in Mumbai and the office of Jeniffer Mirza, who was allegedly heading his front organisation in Goa, was reportedly a hub for the clandestine operations.
Other two accused in the case are IAF Wing Commander SK Kohli and sacked navy captain Kashyap Kumar.
The CBI had registered the case in connection with the leakage of sensitive documents from the Navy War Room against the nine persons under the Official Secrets Act after the Defence Ministry handed over the probe to it.
As part of the investigation, CBI conducted raids in 17 places including Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh and Mumbai.
The case against the accused was registered under various sections of Official Secrets Act and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.