Spy ring probe: Assistant arrested for giving defence, shipping papers to Pak mission

The personal assistant of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Munavvar Saleem played an “integral role” in the espionage and provided documents to mission staffers, according to the police.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 3:41 pm
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Probing a spy ring that has led it to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested the personal assistant of Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Munavvar Saleem for allegedly passing on classified documents, including those related to defence and shipping, to Pakistani mission staffers. Police said Farhat, the personal assistant, played an “integral role” in the espionage and provided documents to mission staffers including Mehmood Akhtar who was declared persona non grata and ordered out of the country by the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Akhtar was allegedly caught receiving classified papers on October 26. Farhat, produced in a Delhi court Saturday, has been sent to police custody for ten days.

SP MP Munavvar Saleem, who hails from Vidisha, told reporters that he was not aware of Farhat’s activities. He said Farhat became his PA 11 months ago. He said he would extend all cooperation to agencies investigating his PA and his role in the spy ring. Saleem said he would write to the Rajya Sabha secretariat to take away all facilities from Farhat.

Farhat is the fourth arrest in the case. Earlier, police had arrested Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, residents of Nagaur in Rajasthan, for passing documents to Akhtar. A third accused, Shoaib, was detained in Jodhpur and brought to Delhi where he was placed under arrest.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Singh Yadav said, “We have arrested Farhat and are trying to interrogate him and investigate properly since he had been involved (in espionage) for many years. On Thursday, we called him for questioning and found he had an integral role to play. We then arrested him”

Sources said Farhat was called by police after Akhtar named him during questioning. “Farhat told police he had been associated with political leaders since 1996 and had worked for four MPs, including the late Munawwar Hasan, MP from Muzaffarnagar who died in a road accident in 2008,” police sources said.

Questioned before being turned over to the Pakistan High Commission, Akhtar claimed that Farhat had been in touch with him for the last one-and-half years, and that he was told about Farhat by his former colleagues at the mission.”

“Farhat disclosed he had given documents related to the ministries of external affairs, defence and shipping to Akhtar. He used to get sums ranging between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh in return for every document. He had even passed on Parliament questionnaires. He was in constant touch with staffers of the Pakistan High Commissio”,” police sources said.

Farhat initially tried to mislead investigators but confessed after he was confronted with technical evidence, including phone call detail records which showed him in conversation with staffers of the Pakistan mission, sources said.”

“In 1998, while working as PA of one of the MPs, he came in contact with Pakistan High Commission staffers when he went to the mission for visa-related work. The staffers there lured him in the name of religion and money and he started helping them. He even provided them annual reports of the ministries of science and technology, water resources and civil aviation,” police sources said.

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    Duf.Duf
    Oct 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm
    Election connection-for an anti-BJPlt;br/gt;Election connection-for a pro-BJPlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now Brahmin Jokers Party has signed up AW and IB to campaign in UP.
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      IML sood
      Oct 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm
      Yes this fake named like Duf Duf,Xyz,Abc are in fact sympathisers who are to be caught and exposed before the people soon,before they could do more damage to the honour and dignity of the country.
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        MyTake
        Oct 29, 2016 at 6:39 pm
        The Hindu one is the rat who sold out for money, which unfortunately became a norm in India over the years! The other one is from an eny called Islam, which you can say anything but religion! Islam itself has subscribed to politics with full force and as soon as people start identifying it for what it is only than people can fight it effectively. Islam is nothing but a political ideology which infused violence with "worship"! It is even worse then any political eny, may be, just close to Maoists!!
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          MyTake
          Oct 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm
          The sickular terrorists missing great Indian Home Monster Mr. Schinde who would have given advanced notices to their "brethren" in order to prove to the world of "good neighborly behavior preciding over their era!!
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            MyTake
            Oct 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm
            What happened to the "Intolerance" brigade?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Strange, they are so quiet! Planning for next move?
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              MyTake
              Oct 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm
              When AK will be arrested?
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                MyTake
                Oct 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm
                Without putting its house in order, India will have hard times even to fight with pirates, what to speak of stan!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Steamlining should start without any delay!
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                  Punda Periyar
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                  Burqa and mahesh Butt are pledging extra support to stanis as Gucci soldiers are killed
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                    ARK.
                    Oct 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                    Tatt! khaane wala sooar ka a khoon wala ghasht!/! amm! ki ch00t se nikla hua mc haraaam khor aa ter! ! amm! ki ch00t mein red hot iron ghusa dena chahiye tha 100 saal pehle.
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                      G
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                      tthis is why i can not trust all muslims.
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                        Murthy
                        Oct 30, 2016 at 12:40 am
                        You are right on the likely ideny of such bloggers. But most Indian readers know who they are. Imo, they cannot influence our opinions. These Paks cannot express themselves so freely in their own country. Also, some Indian papers write in a Pro-stan way. So, they come here to enjoy. But even Indian Muslims are unlikely to be influenced.
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                          Pagrri Sanbhaal
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm
                          Release this poor fellow and stop this concocted drama.
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                            Pmg Pillai
                            Oct 30, 2016 at 12:10 am
                            People in key postslike thismust beemplo only afterverificationof theirvackgrudtoensure natuional secut rty datd sudnay0ct30th 2016 TIME0535HRSIST
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                              David
                              Oct 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm
                              Please grill this pig worshipping MP. In a strange way pigs are sacred to him. Hence pigs are not eaten but everything else.
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                                sant
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm
                                His religion is uniquely fine tuned for this. Its followers are told to do this even to go against the country where they were born grew up safely, they are told that such 'namak ' is ok as long as they are working for religion. Check up the book if you do not believe.lt;br/gt;And the height is that these zombies believe along with free eternal fuc...g in their idea of heavens. Pathetic cult.
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                                  SP
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                                  Another traitor.
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                                    SP
                                    Oct 29, 2016 at 5:09 pm
                                    Generally PS's do dirty job of masters. The authorities should get full facts.
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                                      Shyamal Ganguly
                                      Oct 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm
                                      Was Nehru Hindu? His daugher Indira Hindu? G daughter in Law Sonia wearing sari and Bindi Hindu? Gson Rhul (Raoul) wearing Tilak Hindu? There are lots of mixed up Hindus among us.
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                                        Surendra Singh
                                        Oct 30, 2016 at 2:50 am
                                        No surprise. If probed seriously most of the personal istants of politician and film stars will be indulge in the same kind of anti national activities. Jai Hind
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                                          sk
                                          Oct 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm
                                          Snake! Get all the information, and put them to death. That is the just punishment for being a desh drohi.
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                                            kanna
                                            Oct 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                                            Chill out bro, 1 of them is a hindu name Subash Jangir
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