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MHA's mole to be produced in court today

CNN-IBN
Nov 23, 2010 at 08:36pm IST

New Delhi: Home Ministry's Blackberry pointsperson Ravi Inder Singh, arrested on Monday for allegedly leaking sensitive information of commercial interest to some telecom companies, will be produced in court on Tuesday.

Singh, a senior IAS officer posted in the Home Ministry, was arrested on Monday evening in Delhi under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Singh was under surveillance for over one month.

Inder Singh is accused of leaking information of commercial interest to a few telecom companies, related to full number portability, which comes into effect in Wednesday starting with Haryana.

Sources have told CNN-IBN that Ravi Inder Singh had allegedly been in touch with two telecom companies and may have been passing on information for the past two to three months.

Inder Singh was under surveillance for a month. His residence and office were also raised.

The raids took place after the Ministry filed a complaint against him over doubts that he leaked what they call "information of commercial value".

Ravi Inder Singh, a 1994 West Bengal cadre IAS officer, is Director, Internal Security at the Home Ministry. He was reportedly involved in the ministry's talks with Blackberry over security issues.

An FIR has been filed against Singh for allegedly passing on information to some telecom firms on the issue of mobile number portability.

The FIR says Singh used to meet Blackberry maker RIM's representatives in 5-star hotels and passed on vital information.

The Delhi Police has submitted a preliminary report to the MHA.

Meanwhile, U K Bansal, Secretary Internal Security expressed concern over the matter. "Involvement of such a high ranking officer is a matter of concern," he said.

Blackberry maker RIM has also reacted on the issue. A statement by the company said, "RIM unequivocally states that it has no involvement or insight regarding the matter that has led to the arrest of Ravi Inder Singh. RIM's employees and representatives have never met any official of the Ministry of Home Affairs other than in official meetings at the representatives have never met any official of the Ministry of Home Affairs other than in official meetings at the premises of MHA. Any suggestion to the contrary is false, unfounded and slanderous."

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