A dismissed Indian Air Force (IAF) official, who allegedly shared secret documents with intelligence operatives backed by Pakistan’s ISI, has been arrested from Punjab by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
The accused, identified as K.K. Ranjith who was a Leading Aircraft man with the IAF posted at Bhatinda, was dismissed recently after the force came across the allegations against him backed by evidence put forth by security agencies, said a senior police official.
Ranjith, a native of Kerala state, was arrested on Monday and brought to Delhi — where he is being produced before a court — on transit remand, the senior official said.
Ranjith allegedly shared secret information with operatives of an ISI-backed espionage ring through e-mails and inter-based text messaging services, said an official privy to the investigation.
He added that Ranjith was roped in into the spy ring by an unidentified woman whom he had met over a social networking site.
Ranjith’s arrest comes close on the heels of the cracking of an ISI-backed espionage racket by the Crime Branch in which five persons — including a serving and a former army personnel and a serving BSF personnel — were arrested.
However, the police have not yet been able to ascertain any specific link between Ranjith and the other racket, which were found to have sources even at the office of the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, the official said.