18 April, New Delhi
Delhi Police today filed charge sheet against 13 persons arrested in connection with the Petroleum Ministry document leak case. Crime Branch of Delhi Police filed the charge sheet before the Metropolitan Magistrate who has fixed 20th of this month for its consideration.
According to police sources, the accused have been charge sheeted for the alleged offences punishable under various sections of IPC. The court fixed the 44-page charge sheet for consideration before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. The police have arrayed 42 prosecution witnesses in the case.
Among the 13 accused , five are corporate executives – Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, K K Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG. Other eight accused are Ishwar Singh, Asharam, Rajkumar Chaubey, Lalta Prasad, Rakesh Kumar, Virender Kumar, energy consultant Prayas Jain and journalist Shantanu Saikia. All the accused are in judicial custody.
On 10th of this month, the court had sought reports from the Home and the Petroleum ministries about the nature of documents recovered by the investigators during their probe. Police had arrested the five accused corporate executives in February this year alleging that they used to procure the classified documents from other arrested accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh, and used to pay them.
It has also alleged that the documents were then supplied to the firms by these officials for their benefit. A total of 16 people have been arrested so far in connection with the two separate FIRs lodged by Crime Branch.