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Oil paper leak: Documents recovered are ‘classified’, Petroleum Ministry tells Delhi court

Delhi police informed a Delhi court that they have received 2 reports from the Petroleum Ministry verifying the nature of documents leaked.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj , Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi |
Updated: April 16, 2015 1:23:27 am
Accused in Petroleum Ministry document leak coming out of Patiala House Court in New Delhi. Accused in Petroleum Ministry document leak coming out of Patiala House Court in New Delhi.

The Delhi Police on Wednesday told a court here that eight documents recovered from five corporate executives, who were accused of leaking documents from Petroleum ministry, were “classified.”

Sources told The Indian Express that the eight documents were related to exploration division of Petroleum ministry and that it is still “unclear as to who out of the five corporate executives” accessed these documents.

The submissions were made by crime branch before Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor, who is presently hearing the bail plea of five corporate executives — Shailesh Saxena of Reliance Industries Ltd, Vinay Kumar of Essar, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy, Reliance ADAG DGM Rishi Anand and Cairns India’s K K Naik.


Assistant Commissioner of Police K P S Malhotra told the court that none of the documents recovered in the present case are in “public domain”. The submissions were by Delhi Police on Wednesday after the court on April 10, while giving a “last chance,” had sought replies from the Secretary, Ministries of Home Affairs and Petroleum & Natural Gas, to ascertain the nature of the documents recovered by Delhi Police.

After the police made their submission, the defence counsel asked the prosecution to mention which documents stated to be “classified” belonged to which accused.

The court then observed, “I will not enter into their discretionary matters related to the investigation. They have the authority. You will know the details once the chargesheet is filed.”

After hearing the detailed submissions made by both defence and prosecution, the court said, “Investigation officer submits that investigation is likely to be completed and the challan (chargesheet) would follow accordingly. In the view of this, the matter is now adjourned to April 20.”

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