HAL staffer leaks info on jets to ISI, caught
A Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) employee has been arrested for allegedly supplying Indian fighter aircraft details to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, the Maharashtra police said on Friday.
The man was allegedly supplying secret information about Indian fighter aircraft and their manufacturing unit to officials of the ISI, a police statement said.
The Nashik unit of the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had received reliable intelligence about the man, who was in constant touch with the ISI, the statement said.
An offence under the Official Secrets Act has been registered against the 41-year-old man, an official said.
Officials of the Nashik ATS unit arrested him from his house in Nashik, he said.
Three mobile handsets along with five SIM cards and two memory cards have been seized from him, he said. The phones and SIM cards were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for examination, he added.
The accused was produced before court on Friday, and has been remanded in ATS custody for 10 days, he said.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Aircraft Division Nashik, established in 1964 for licence manufacture of MiG-21FL aircraft and K-13 missiles, is located at Ojhar, 24 km from Nashik and around 200 km from Mumbai.
The division has also manufactured other MiG variants like MiG-21M, MiG-21 BIS, MiG-27 M and the state-of-the-art Su-30 MKI fighter jet. The division also carries out overhaul of the MiG series aircraft and Repair and Overhaul (ROH) of Su-30 MKI aircraft.