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‘Honey-trapped’ IAF officer arrested in Delhi for passing secret information to Pakistan’s ISI

Police said Group Captain Arun Marwaha was honey-trapped by ISI agents and was passing classified information in lieu of sex chats.

delhi Updated: Feb 09, 2018 12:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
ISI,Pakistan,Delhi Police
Group Captain Arun Marwaha was arrested on charges of spying and passing secret defence-related information to Pakistan’s ISI.(ANI Photo)

An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer was arrested on Thursday by Delhi Police allegedly on charges of spying and passing secret defence-related information to Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) after he was honey-trapped.

Group Captain Arun Marwaha, 51, was detained on January 31 by the air force’s Intelligence Wing with his smartphone at the IAF headquarters. He was questioned by the air force and handed over to the Delhi Police on February 7.

“We have arrested a senior officer of the Indian Air Force. He has been booked under the Official Secrets Act. Further investigation is on,” MM Oberoi, special commissioner (special cell) of Delhi Police, said without divulging further details.

Marwaha was honey-trapped by ISI agents using two accounts of a social networking site in December 2017, police said. He allegedly engaged in seductive conversations with the agents masquerading as models.

His mobile phone has been seized and an FIR has been registered at New Delhi’s Lodhi Colony police station after the IAF’s complaint following its initial probe.

Police said they have not found any evidence of monetary exchange and added that he was passing classified information in lieu of sex chats.

“We have found some objectionable conversations and pictures on his mobile phone,” an investigating officer said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 10:05 IST