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Corporate espionage: Accused to remain in custody till Feb 23

The rooms accessed to steal official documents included rooms of Special Secretary, Joint Secretary (Refineries and Exploration) and Director (Exploration-1) were among others.

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“The staffers sold documents to these consultancies on a regular basis. The process had been on for over 5-7 years. The consultancies processed the documents, and sold them to companies. More confidential the document, higher its price,” an officer said. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Police sources said the questioning of accused had revealed that they accessed the documents using a duplicate key and photocopied them. They then allegedly read out a part of their contents to the two consultancies over the phone to allow them to assess if they were interested in having the entire document. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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The corporate espionage scandal got murkier with the arrest of two energy consultants as confidential documents including an input for the upcoming Finance Minister's budget speech were allegedly leaked in the whole operation. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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All the seven were produced before Khanagwal who remanded Lalta Prasad and Rajesh Kumar (Oil Ministry staffers) and Jain and Saikia to police custody till February 23 after police said "sensitive" documents have been recovered. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Police sources claimed that two sacks full of photocopied documents were recovered by them during raids at offices and residences of those arrested in this connection so far. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

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Accused of leaking Petroleum Ministry documents, being taken away by police from Chankyapuri Police Station to Patiala Court on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

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Sources said the ministry was first alerted about the theft of official documents some months ago when some critical documents with the then Joint Secretary (Exploration) Giridhar Armane, were found in a photocopier machine when rooms were opened in the morning. The ministry internally probed the issue. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

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"Photocopy of documents with heading input material on National Gas Grid for inclusion in Finance Minister's budget speech 2015-16," the crime branch has said in its FIR. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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Those arrested (seated at the back) involved in the Petroleum Ministry scandal are seen seated with Police officials. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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The alleged pilfering of 'secret' documents, which was thought to have been a racket confined to the Petroleum ministry, actually covered matters in finance, coal and power ministries, Delhi Police informed on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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One among the seven involved in the Corporate espionage is taken into police custody after being produced at the Patiala House court in New Delhi on February 20. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)