Air Force officer arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan's ISI

Air Force officer arrested for allegedly spying for Pakistan's ISI

An Indian Air Force (IAF) official was arrested on Thursday for sharing classified information with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after being "honey-trapped", the Hindustan Times reported on Friday.

The Delhi Police has filed an FIR against him under the relevant sections of Officials Secrets Act.

It was revealed that the officer befriended the ISI agent on Facebook a few months ago and they started chatting regularly on WhatsApp afterwards. The 51-year-old officer allegedly used his smartphone to take pictures of classified documents at the IAF headquarters and shared it on WhatsApp. The information that he shared was reportedly on new agencies in the field of cyber warfare, space and special operations.

It was discovered by a senior Air Force officer that there was a massive breach of the information by the Group Captain Marwaha.

According to HT, the police said no evidence of any monetary transfer was found and that the officer was "passing classified information in lieu of sex chats".

The Group Captain was handed over to Delhi Police on Thursday after almost 10 days of questioning by the counter- intelligence wing of the force. The investigators from IAF's counter intelligence wing were also probing whether he was part of a larger espionage ring being run from Pakistan, the sources said. The phone of Marwaha has been seized and sent for forensic examination. "He [Marwaha] was produced before a Delhi court, which remanded him in police custody for five days", Kushwaha told The Indian Express.

The IAF has not commented on the arrest but officials say Marwaha was indulging in certain "unwanted activities" through "unauthorised electronic devices".