CBI arrests Navy officers in submarine information leak case, Navy orders probe

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In a major breakthrough, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested three officials of the Indian Navy, including a serving Commander-rank officer, for allegedly leaking sensitive information related to a submarine modernisation project.

In details of the CBI operation accessed by India Today, it has emerged that a serving Navy officer was leaking information to two retired officers, which included a Commodore-rank officer.

The CBI launched the operation after getting tip-offs from the intelligence agencies who were monitoring the activities of the serving and retired officers for some time.

Sources said the serving officer is posted in Mumbai and was arrested from there. However, the information leaks happened in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has also ordered an investigation into the case under a Vice Admiral to know if more such leaks took place and how they can be plugged.

The Russian-origin submarines have been going under a refit in both India and abroad and have been the mainstay of the Indian Navy. A number of cases of leak of sensitive information have been taking place in recent times involving defence personnel.

India Today

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