//Police tight-lipped on spy ring case

Police tight-lipped on spy ring case

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

New Delhi – Delhi Police are refusing to divulge details about the alleged involvement of senior officials in a spy ring even as they detained a former official of the National Security Council (NSC) intelligence establishment.

The Delhi Police special cell have detained Mukesh Saini, former co-ordinator of the Indo-US Cyber Security Forum and the former head of the crucial information security wing at the NSC secretariat.

Police Thursday refused to comment on the controversy over a suspected spy ring in the NSC secretariat and reports that some officials had allegedly passed on sensitive information to a US diplomat.

‘We cannot comment on the issue because it is a matter of national security,’ said Karnal Singh, joint commissioner Special Cell.

Saini, a former Navy commander, is suspected to have introduced an American diplomat to another official S.S. Paul, who was systems analyst at the NSC. Paul was arrested earlier on charges of passing on sensitive information to the American woman diplomat.

The diplomat has not been traced yet, said officials.

Sleuths of the intelligence bureau came to know of the scandal in the first week of June after which Paul was arrested. Police said that Paul had allegedly been leaking information for the past year.

The police also raided Paul’s Janakpuri residence and recovered some incriminating documents.

Meanwhile, security agencies have issued look-out notices to airports across the country to ensure that Saini did not leave the country. Saini was in the Indian Navy working for NSC before he joined a US software firm.

He was summoned by Delhi Police to assist in the probe after being questioned by officials of the intelligence bureau earlier.