Press Trust Of India
July 06, 2010
An Andaman-based Army Major, who came under the scanner after his
computer was remotely accessed from Pakistan, has been cleared by the
security agencies of any involvement in espionage.
The agencies are unlikely to proceed against the Major under the
Official Secrets Act (OSA) but he may face a Departmental Action for
allegedly procuring documents of sensitive nature.
After questioning the Major concerned at length, the central security
agencies including the National Investigating Agency (NIA) were of the
opinion that he was not involved in any espionage, official sources said
The findings of investigations were also shared with the Army
authorities which may initiate a disciplinary action against the officer
for allegedly procuring documents pertaining to Army Commander's
These documents are classified as "Top Secret" and should normally not
be in his possession. They related to issues much beyond his area of
The Major had said he was an inquisitive person but he was himself at a
loss to know how some files had made its way to his computer, the
Sources said the Army authorities may initiate a departmental action
against the officer, they said.
The investigators were in for a surprise when they found that his
computer and e-mails had been remotely accessed from a server located in
Central Security agencies had also submitted a report in which they
claimed that NIA and Military Intelligence officials had neglected the
case property--the computer of the Army Major--and certain files and
mails were deleted when the machine was in their custody, official
During the probe, it was also found that the computer of the army
officer had been accessed many a time from a proxy server based in
Pakistan and one more country, the location of which was being
It appeared that the other server could also be from Pakistan but the
proxy server addresses had been hopped through various Internet gateways
of European countries.
The Army major came under the scanner when his e-mail address was picked
up while scanning the e-mails of Pakistani-American David Headley, who
has confessed to his involvement in the Mumbai terror attack.
The US agencies informed the Indian security agencies about the e-mail
address and the Major was thereafter put under the scanner.
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