TSD officers called for probe into DRI arrest

Army has maintained secrecy on the scope and depth of the inquiry.

Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | Published: October 11, 2013 12:50:40 am

The Army’s internal probe into the functioning of the Technical Support Division (TSD) has gained steam with several personnel,including the commanding officer (CO) of the now disbanded unit,being attached to the Delhi Area as part of a formal inquiry into the arrest of a head clerk by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) last year.

While the Army has maintained secrecy on the scope and depth of the inquiry,it is believed that the attachment of officers is an indication that a probe into the head clerk (a havildar) of the unit,who was arrested in a joint operation led by the DRI last year for allegedly trying to sell secret documents to an ISI agent,is finally heading for completion.

The CO of the unit,Col Munishwar Nath (Hunny) Bakshi,who is currently posted at the Bangalore headquarters of the Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area,has been attached for a week to Delhi Area starting Friday for the TSD inquiry that was initiated last year.

Col Bakshi,who headed the unit since it was raised in 2010 by then Army Chief Gen VK Singh,has been attached to the Delhi Area as an “essential witness” for the inquiry. Two other Military Intelligence (MI) officers — a Colonel and a Major who were part of the team that nabbed the head clerk — have also been attached to Delhi Area.

The Army has remained quiet on the grounds on which the inquiry is proceeding,with officials only stating that it is on “administrative issues”. “The details of the inquiry cannot be shared as it is an ongoing matter and is currently classified,” said a senior officer.

As first reported by The Indian Express,the staffer of the once powerful MI unit had been caught by the DRI in April last year for allegedly trying to sell top secret operational information to Pakistan’s ISI.

This havildar was allegedly in negotiations to sell the information through a Dubai-based contact and had demanded nearly Rs 1 crore in exchange. He allegedly quoted a sum of Rs 60 lakh for a CD and pen drive that contained classified documents. He is also reported to have demanded a property in Kochi that would have cost upwards of Rs 30 lakh.

After he was arrested when he walked into a DRI trap,the agency is reported to have found that the CDs and pen drive that were recovered from him contained sensitive and highly classified information.

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