Got info from source in ISRO, Pak High Commission staffer claimed on camera

Sources said Akhtar disclosed the names of Ramzan Khan and Subhash Jangir — also arrested Thursday — and gave names of other alleged informants in India, including that of the ISRO official.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 2:12 pm
espionage, espionage case, spy, pakistan spy, pakistanm high commission, pakistan envoy, Mehmood Akhtar, vikas swarup, latest news, india news, indian express At least 45 minutes of Akhtar’s questioning by Delhi Police crime branch was recorded, sources said.

Mehmood Akhtar, the Pakistan High Commission staffer who was declared “persona non grata” on Thursday after Delhi Police accused him of espionage, has claimed, in a video-recorded interrogation, that he sourced “sensitive” information from an official with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Police sources told The Indian Express that Akhtar’s interrogation was recorded on Thursday before he was handed over to High Commission officials. “On being asked about his informers and sources, Akhtar disclosed the names of other ISI agents posted in the Pakistan High Commission and the name of an official with ISRO who provided sensitive details to him,” a senior police official said.

At least 45 minutes of Akhtar’s questioning by Delhi Police crime branch was recorded, sources said. A senior police officer said that the video begins with Akhtar, flanked by two police constables, being asked his name and address by another police officer.

It is learnt that the video shows Akhtar “trembling” as police begin questioning him in Hindi. Two constables hold him on either side. Another officer offers Akhtar some water to calm him down and after a few minutes the constables back away from Akhtar.

“He was uncomfortable at first but after drinking some water he calmed down. Officers told him they already knew about his operation and were only trying to corroborate the information they had,” a source said.

Sources said Akhtar disclosed the names of Ramzan Khan and Subhash Jangir — also arrested Thursday — and gave names of other alleged informants in India, including that of the ISRO official.

Police sources said Akhtar named eight officials in the Pakistan High Commission who, he alleged, were trained by the ISI. Sources said that during Akhtar’s questioning, senior officials from the Pak High Commission arrived at the Delhi Police’s Inter-State Cell office in Chankyapuri. According to the police, Akhtar was questioned for a short time in the presence of Pak officials.

The Pak High Commission has denied the allegations and, in a retaliatory gesture, declared Surjeet Singh, an Indian official at the High Commission in Islamabad, as “persona non grata.”

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    KrishnaAnedath
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:22 am
    They are from stan.Never trust them. Born liars
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      Movie.Story
      Oct 29, 2016 at 1:49 am
      The MISCERABLY failed KERALITE SEKS MOVIE SCRIPT WRITERS HIRED ENME ON THE ORDERS OF KERALITE MAFIA ARE AT IT AGAIN.
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        Perverted.Indic
        Oct 29, 2016 at 1:46 am
        There is FK SECRET IN ISRO FOR A STAN TO SPY.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;INDICS, PLEASE TELL SOME OTHER ENTERTAINING STORY. YOU ARE LOSI G YOUR CREDIBILTY OF SPIN MASTERS.. Ho..ho...
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          Iyer.Society.Recruitment.Org.ISRO
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:54 am
          It is reliably learnt that he was STEALING THE IMAGES OF MARS THAT WAS CLAIMED BY ISRO AS TAKEN BY MANGALYAAAAAAAN BUT WAS ACTUALLY 'BOUGHT' BY ISRO FROM A FOREIGN SPACE AGENCY IN AN ATTEMPT TO BUTTRESS THR CRITICIZM OF DOING NOTHING WITH MANGANKYAAAAAAN BUT FOR BRAGGING.
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            Kt govindan
            Oct 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm
            Some elements are in india who can sell own mom for some currency. See what happens to our contry if the government goes in to the hands of these people like Samjwadi party. If this MP happens to be a minister in the cabinet then. So my request to the people of india be careful. We are surviving simply because even now some clean politician s are at the helm of affairs.
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              Suresh
              Oct 29, 2016 at 1:34 am
              How come all these details are disclosed in the public. Looks like somebody want to inform all those involved in the ring and therefore they can plan to escape?
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                aslam ali
                Oct 29, 2016 at 5:09 am
                PORKIS DEPLOYING TERRORIST IN THE NAME OF HIGH COMMISSION and WE SHOULD CLOSE ALL TIES AND CORNER THEM IN WORLD MAP and KILL THEM...
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                  ANIRBAN BANERJEE
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 7:55 am
                  The news that there are a lot of spies working in the stan emby reveals that stan is out to destabilize India at all costs before going to war, in the hope that this will work in its favour. Our counter espionage agencies and the police are doing a good job.More spies should be arrested.The news that an ISRO staffer provided information to the spy is disturbing to say the least.We should esquire into conditions under which people turn traitors.lt;br/gt;ANIRBAN BANERJEElt;br/gt;Professor of Sociologylt;br/gt;The University of Burdwan
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