In a shocking development, Delhi Police have arrested an IAF official for allegedly leaking information through WhatsApp. Initially the counter intelligence wing of the Indian Air force has held the Group Captain. He has been charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). He was later handed over to the police, according to reports. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwaha has said that they have arrested Group Caption Arun Marwaha. Later, he was produced before a Delhi court, which remanded him in police custody for five days, Kushwaha said. An FIR was registered under sections of 3/5/9 of the Official Secrets Act at Lodhi Colony police station on February 7. The complaint was lodged by Station Security Officer Squadron Leader Rupinder Singh.
He may face 7 years of imprisonment as the Punishment under Official Secrets Act entails a jail term of up to seven year. Apart from this,a probe has been initiated to ascertain whether he was part of a larger espionage ring being run from Pakistan, according to reports. It has been learnt that the accused officer was indulging in “unwanted activities” through unauthorised electronic devices. This act is very against the existing orders, the report said.
“Initial probe has revealed that Marwaha was lured by two women, suspected to be working for a foreign spy agency, and was being blackmailed. 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.
“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 FIR has stated.