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War room: Shankaran's assets attached

Nine have been accused in the case and a 'Red Corner Notice' issued against the absconding Shankaran.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 19:56 IST

The CBI on Tuesday, began attaching the properties of Ravi Shankaran, one of the prime accused in the Naval War Room leak case and a kin of Naval Chief Arun Prakash, in Goa and Pune after he failed to appear before the investigative agency for several months.

Shankaran's property in Salcett, South Goa, 'Shanks Engineering Pvt Ltd', and his Mercedes car in Pune were being attached after the CBI got a 'warrant of attachment' issued on Monday, said the agency spokesman in New Delhi.

"The 'warrant of attachment' was issued after Shankaran failed to appear before the CBI for questioning within 30 days of him being declared a 'proclaimed offender'."

The court had, however, disallowed attaching of properties, which were jointly in the name of the Shankaran and his family members, he said.

"A CBI team has reached Goa and Pune and the order would be carried out in concurrance with the district officials concerned. After the properties are sealed, the CBI will be their custodian."

Earlier, when CBI tried to contact Ravi Shankaran in connection with the alleged leak of sensitive documents from the Naval War Room, and he failed to appear before it, a non-bailable warrant and later a 'Red Corner Notice' were issued for him.

Even after this, when Shankaran evaded the probe agency, he was declared a 'proclaimed offender'.

Even as nine people were made accused in the 'leak' case and five arrested, Shankaran had managed to 'escape' to London following the framing of the charges in July this year.