The Crime Branch submitted its chargesheet against four of the men arrested in connection with the ISI espionage ring operating from Pakistani High Commission in India.
One of the men is Samajwadi Party MP Chaudhary Munawwar Salim’s personal assistant Farhat Khan. The ring was busted three months ago.
The chargesheet names Salim as one of the 13 witnesses. One of the staffers Mehmood Akhtar escaped due to diplomatic immunity. Akhtar has since returned to Pakistan after India declared him a “persona non grata”.
Other than Farhat, those who have been charged are Maulana Ramzan Khan, Shubhash Jangir and Soheb Hussain. All three are from Rajasthan.
The men have been accused of passing on sensitive military information to their handlers in Pakistan. They gathered information such as the position of surface-to-air missiles, deployment of army in Sir Creek and their “fire plan”.
All four men have been charged under sections 3 and 9 of Officials Secrets Act and IPC Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) in the 19-page chargesheet.
Information of deployment of Indian troops could have given Pakistan an upper hand in its operations against India.
Farhat was caught red-handed by sleuths on October 26 last year from outside Delhi zoo. He was subsequently expelled from service by the SP leader who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha.