New Delhi, July 06: Authorities probing the spy ring at the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) have taken former Naval Commander Mukesh Saini, who earlier headed a key cell in the prestigious organisation, into custody for questioning about his alleged links with a US diplomat.
Though there was no immediate confirmation about whether Saini had been formally placed under arrest, informed sources said he was picked up from his residence on the intervening night of July three and four and subjected to intense grilling by Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau sleuths handling the case.
Saini headed the National Information Security Coordination Cell before joining a US-based software company.
When contacted, Joint Commissioner Karnail Singh of Delhi Police's Special Cell refused to either confirm or deny that Saini had been arrested.
The Cabinet Secretariat lodged an FIR with the Special Cell but has so far kept the police out of the loop after the matter was initially leaked to the media.
"The case is of a sensitive nature and I am not authorised to speak on the issues of NSCS," Singh said. His comments came close on the heels of a warning from the office of National Security Advisor M K Narayanan asking Delhi Police Commissioner K K Paul and Singh to refrain from speaking to anyone about the case.
Security agencies have also issued a Letter of Cancellation (LoC) and a look-out notice at all major airports against Research and Analysis Wing Director Brig (retired) Ujjwal Dasgupta to prevent him from fleeing the country. An LoC was earlier issued against Saini.