The case of the Navy leak may be larger than last week’s post suggested in an investigation into the leak of information regarding the submarine upgrade, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the naval flight, in which a commander on duty was arrested, revealed that “peripheral” information was leaked over the past year on at least three other military projects. the Indian Navy, they added.
More people, including some naval officers, both serving and retired, and a few other people are likely to be arrested in the coming days, the people said.
The investigating agency arrested five people, including a serving officer of the commander rank, two retired navy personnel and two others in September for allegedly leaking confidential information related to the upgrade of Russian-origin Kilo-class submarines. . The Commander is alleged to have shared crucial details about the ongoing Kilo-class submarine modernization project with the two retired officers in exchange for money. Information about the case was made public last week.
Sharing details of the investigation, which is being monitored at the highest level, a senior official said that two or three groups were likely involved in information leakage rather than bribery, and that this was going on for at least a year. .
The people involved “had access only to peripheral information about these projects,” said a second official. “Fortunately, the highly classified data was not compromised.”
“We are trying to determine if all these groups involved were connected to each other and if the payments were made at the behest of some anti-India elements,” added this person.
Both officers declined to release details of the other projects whose information may have been leaked.
The agency cannot file separate First Information Reports (FIRs), but rather file separate charge sheets against the suspects in the existing case, officials said.
The Indian Navy said on October 26 that an investigation related to the alleged leak of administrative and commercial information had come to light and was being investigated by the relevant government agency.
The Navy is also conducting an internal investigation into the matter, which is being led by a vice admiral to find out how information was leaked despite protocols and security warnings, and how loopholes, if any, can be fixed.
India operates eight Kilo-class submarines, four HDW submarines of German origin and three Scorpene submarines built in India under technology transfer from France (three more Scorpenes will join the fleet in the future). The navy also operates an indigenous nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, INS Arihant.