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Statement on arrests made in connection with leakage of documents from the petroleum ministry

The arrests of some clerical staff and mediators in connection with the attempts to leak documents from the crucial petroleum ministry exposes how corporate-officials-politician nexus operates in the corridors of power under the Narendra Modi government. Instead of getting to the bottom of the case, the government seems to be brushing the matter under the carpet by making some lower ranking employees and go-betweens escape goats. 

The investigation in the case defies basic logic that the police has so far failed to identify the end beneficiary. The Aam Aadmi party sincerely hopes that the culprits, who subverted the system to get undue benefits will be booked and interrogated in custody.

During earlier BJP regime, in 1998, V Balasubramaniam, a top official of the Reliance Industries Limited was arrested by the CBI under the same circumstances and under official secrets Act, but then too the investigations failed to see the light of the day. The corporate honchos still remain free and away from law.

Now media reports suggest that Essar Group and Reliance Group companies are behind this act. We demand that instead of only booking low ranking employees and go-betweens, the police should take the investigation to a logical end.

We also demand that the government should not allow the mighty and powerful accused to influence the probe and repeat offenders of corporate espionage should be blacklisted from government dealings.

Media reports also suggest that classified papers from coal and power ministries have also been recovered from the possession of the accused. It clearly shows that the nexus is deeper than it looks at this point and many more people seem to be involved. Only a thorough and independent probe can bring out the truth and nail the culprits.

 

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