NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday took cognizance of a chargesheet filed against three arrested accused, including two government officials, in the corporate espionage case for allegedly possessing “sensitive” documents relating to various ministries. Chief metropolitan magistrate Satish Kumar Arora then posted the case for scrutiny of documents on May 21.

During the day, the court also supplied copies of the chargesheet, filed by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on April 23, to accused Lokesh Sharma, an employee of a Noida-based consultancy firm, Jitender Nagpal, PS to joint secretary in the environment and forest ministry, and Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member. The chargesheet was filed under IPC sections dealing with cheating, theft, dishonestly receiving stolen property, forgery, criminal conspiracy, etc.

The police have named 19 people as witnesses in the case. Earlier, they had told the court that some laptops, monitors, software and electronic data were recovered from the accused. Some data was found to have been deleted from the laptops, the court was told.

They had claimed Sharma received around Rs 14,000 per month in his bank account from Noida-based consultancy firm Infraline Energy, one of the beneficiary companies, suggesting he was its employee. The police had arrested Sharma on February 23, claiming “sensitive” documents pertaining to coal, power and other ministries were recovered from his possession.

By Anupama

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