In a shocking event, Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Indian Air Force official for alleged involvement in espionage. Identified as a Group Captain in IAF, he was posted at the Indian Air Force HQ. Delhi police revealed that the officer was arrested for allegedly sharing classified information with two women, as per Indian Express report. The Group Captain was sharing sensitive information related to three new tri-service agencies in the field of cyber warfare, special operations and space.
The officer was caught red-handed by the IAF’s Intelligence Wing. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwaha had confirmed the arrest and told Indian Express that they have arrested Group Captian Arun Marwaha. Marwaha will be produced before a Delhi court.
Station Officer Squadron Leader Rupinder Singh had lodged a complaint against Marwaha, as per IE report. An officer said that initial investigation has revealed that Marwaha was lured by two women who are suspected to be working for a foreign spy agency and was being blackmailed. He added,”He befriended them on Facebook around three months ago. After talking to them on the social networking site for a while, they exchanged their phone numbers and started chatting on WhatsApp,” an officer said. Further investigation in the case is underway,” the IE report added.
The FIR stated,”Marwaha was working as Joint Director (operations). During questioning, he disclosed before officers of Air Force intelligence wing that he was in touch with two women, and had passed on classified information about three new formations — Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and a Special Operations Division — to them. He also shared a classified document about the forthcoming Air Force Exercise with them, which is likely to help enemies and will affect the ‘sovereignty and integrity of India’.”
The police after collecting important evidence, interrogated the Group Captain on January 30. A senior police officer said that during the interrogation, Marwaha admitted that he had taken pictures of classified documents on his cell phone which were then sent to the two women on WhatsApp and Telegram chats. Punishment under Official Secrets Act entails a jail term of up to seven years, police said.