Corporate espionage: Prayas Jain may have sold confidential documents to Pakistan and China
Investigators have scanned Jain's website and come to know that some foreign nationals were among his clients.
Meanwhile, sources told Mail Today that after sustained interrogation, Jain said that he has over 250 clients worldwide
from private companies dealing in power, coal, oil and gas.
"He told the police that he used to sell secrets and classified documents to his clients as per their requirements
after procuring them from multi-tasking employees (MTS) working in the petroleum, coal and power ministries," a source said adding, "Prayas Jain used to pay as much as Rs.1 lakh for these documents."
"We are now checking if some Budget and Cabinet notes were passed on to corporate houses situated in countries like Pakistan and China. We are checking further into this and the probe could expand to other ministries as well," a police source said.
After completing his schooling from Bal Bharti Public School in Delhi, Jain went to Australia where he completed his Bachelors in business administration, accounting and business management from Victoria University. He had been running Metis Business Solutions Private Limited since May 2009. The consultancy company deals with power, coal, oil and gas with its head office in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, Jain worked as commercial accounts manager with Victorial Electricity from August 2004 to July 2007. Between August 2007 and October 2008, Jain worked as manager with Infraline Energy.
Well-placed sources told Mail Today that Jain met with an employee of the Petroleum Ministry, identified as Lokesh, who was part of the multi-tasking staff (MTS) in Shastri Bhawan. "After some months, he quit his job and started his own consultant company in Patel Nagar. With the help of Lokesh, Jain later met two other former MTS employees, Lalta Prasad (36), Rakesh Kumar (30), and roped them in. Jain offered them big money and asked them to steal confidential documents for him. He used to pay as much as Rs.65,000 to Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar, and Rs.40,000 to Lokesh," police sources said.
An officer with the Crime Branch said that 30-year-old Jain has good contacts in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. "Jain told the police that he had organised India Gas Infrastructure Summit-2015 last month in the Capital's Le Meridien Hotel where he had invited senior officers of the petroleum ministry. The programme was mainly sponsored by Oil India, and senior officers from several ministries came to attend the event
," the officer added.
Intelligence Bureau (IB) is also trying to find out the foreign visits of several senior officers from different Union ministries as they had suspected that many of the visits were sponsored junkets
. Such visits in the last two years are under the scanner of intelligence agencies. Delhi Police busted the corporate spying ring in the petroleum ministry after being alerted by the IB. They have arrested 12 people, including a former journalist and five corporate executives along with peons in the ministry.http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/spyg ... 20413.html