The leak of sensitive information came to light when an officer was found in possession of an unauthorised pen-drive containing secrets of defence forces.
A BoI was convened and the sacking of the two officers was recommended. The government accepted the recommendation and dismissed them on October 26, 2005.
The officers challenged the decision before the AFT which too dismissed their plea on June 30, 2010. They then approached the apex court.
The government counsel argued before the apex court that the two officers used to provide sensitive information to unauthorised agencies and endangered the country’s security.
Rana, Jha, former naval officer Kulbhushan Prashar, former IAF Wing Commander Sambha Jee L Surve and alleged arms dealer and Delhi-based businessman Abhishek Verma are facing trial in a special CBI court in Delhi the case for the offence of criminal conspiracy under IPC and under various provisions of Official Secrets Act.
While the accused are out on bail, prime accused Ravi Shankaran is still absconding and has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court.
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