Nitin Gokhale / Thursday, March 16, 2006 (New Delhi):
Colonel Deepak Raina of the Indian Army faces court martial for allowing a Pakistani spy to access top-secret war plans.He is the highest-ranking Indian officer to face spying charges. It is also one of India’s biggest espionage cases since the Sambha spy scandal in 1971.
Raina, who was the colonel operations at Tezpur, 4 Corps headquarters in Assam, had asked Lance Naik Javed Khan to copy some top-secret documents in July 2005.
Khan did download the papers from a restricted computer for Raina but kept a copy for himself, which he then passed on to his father Hanif.Hanif, a retired IAF sergeant, was believed to be working for Pakistan and was later produced in a local court in Guwahati.
War plans The documents contained information about India’s response to a nuclear attack, entire plans of missile deployment across the nation, reshuffle and redeployment of all infantry units in the army between October 2005 and March 2006.It also included tactical and strategic sector-wise deployment of troops on the India-China border under 4 Corps. Raina’s boss Lt Gen AS Jamwal wanted the documents copied as he was raising a new corps in Himachal Pradesh. Raina is charged with violating procedure by allowing Khan to access to classified information. He is being held responsible for not being vigilant enough. The question is if Colonel Raina is guilty of being too casual with his work or something more than that.