//Again RAW officer under cloud, IB searches his office, seals computer

Again RAW officer under cloud, IB searches his office, seals computer

NEW DELHI, JUNE 16:Two years after the escape of its Joint Secretary Rabinder Singh to USA, a senior officer of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) has again come under cloud for alleged ‘‘suspicious’’ activities.

In an unprecedented action which has created ripples in the corridors of the external intelligence agency, a team of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) led by an assistant director searched the office and sealed computers of Brigadier U Dasgupta, designated Director (Computers) in the R& AW.

The action was confirmed by top Government sources who told The Indian Express,‘‘After the Rabinder Singh espionage scandal, we have started a system of surveillance of sensitive posts in the R&AW and this action is an outcome of that. The officer in question was dealing with computerisation and also in touch with American companies as part of his official duties. Certain things were brought to the Government’s attention which are now part of a high-level investigation.’’

It is understood that following the IB’s action conducted two days ago, Dasgupta was called by the IB for lengthy sessions of questioning after which he attended his office in the R&AW’s headquarters located in the high-security CGO complex in Lodhi Road.

In his capacity of Director (Computers), Dasgupta has been a nodal officer for computerisation in R& AW as well as for training its cadres.

When contacted at his residence, Dasgupta refused to comment on the developments and said he had been routinely attending office. ‘‘There is no issue, there is no problem,’’ he told The Indian Express.

Officials in the R&AW, however, stated that this was the first time that the IB has taken such an audacious action and that Dasgupta’s office was searched only after he was put on sustained surveillance. The sources also said that the officer had been re-employed (probably after retirement) by the R&AW for four-to-five years and that his present term in the agency would end shortly.