DRDO Espionage Case: PIL seeking central agency investigation filed at Orissa High Court

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court on Tuesday accepted a petition seeking a probe by a central agency such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the DRDO espionage case. The petition was filed by advocate Arun Kumar Budhia.

Reportedly, Court has directed the Central Government, State Government, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) to submit a status report on the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) espionage case.

Earlier, a new twist has surfaced in relation with the case where another woman was reportedly linked to the incident. It is being suspected that a sleeper cell is working in Odisha. A team of Crime Branch will travel Mumbai to intensify the investigation further. As of now, five suspects have been arrested in this connection.

Noteworthy, Odisha Police arrested five contractual employees of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Chandipur in Balasore district on charges of leaking classified defence secrets to foreign agents.

The case had been assigned to Odisha Crime Branch on September 15. During the investigation, the probe agency established that the accused persons were honey-trapped by a woman through social media accounts operating from Pakistan.

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