May 19, 2021

NIA arrested the key accused in Navy espionage case

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Delhi, Sep. 15: The National Investgation Agency has arrested a key accused Giteli Imran (37), a resident of Gujarat’s Godhra, in the Visakhapatnam espionage case for his alleged involvement in snooping and working for Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. He was arrested under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Official Secrets Act. So far, 14 people have been arrested in the espionage case, including11 Navy personnel. A charge-sheet was filed in the case on June 15 against 14 accused.

The National Investigation Agency spokesperson said Imran was involved in carrying out espionage activities and working for Pakistan’s ISI. He was associated with Pakistani spies/agents under the guise of cross-border cloth trade.

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The espionage case had come to light in November, 2019 after Andhra Pradesh Police busted an espionage racket that involved Navy officials and some Pakistani spies. According to the investigation, the Navy personnel were honey trapped on social media to divulge sensitive information about Indian defence establishment and Naval infrastructure and sensitive and classified information regarding locations/movements of Indian naval ships and submarines.. Few Navy personnel came in contact with Pakistani nationals through social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp etc. and were involved in sharing classified information in lieu of monetary gains.