IAF officer 'honey trapped' by ISI agents, shares secret documents

Arun Marwah

The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Indian Air Force Group Captain Arun Marwah on charges of allegedly providing details of secret documents to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Marwaha allegedly used his smartphone to click pictures of the classified documents pertaining to the IAF headquarters and then sent them across via WhatsApp.

He had become comfortable with the person to share his phone no. and they talked through Whatsapp too, and it is being reported that they might have also exchanged private messages with each other. The information that he shared was reportedly on new agencies in the field of cyber warfare, space and special operations. The documents mostly comprised of training and combat-related air exercises.

The Group Captain had been detained by the Indian Air Force for investigation on January 31 after his activities were found suspicious, sources said.

The officer was arrested on Thursday as he was walking into the Air Force headquarters with his cellphone, which is not allowed in the building.

According to HT, the police said no evidence of any monetary transfer was found and that the officer was "passing classified information in lieu of sex chats".

"The Delhi Police will now carry forward the probe".

The Group Captain was handed over to Delhi Police on Thursday after almost 10 days of questioning by the counter- intelligence wing of the force.

He has been booked under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) provisions and five days police custody has been granted by the court for questioning him, he said.

The police are now aiming to identify the Pakistani handlers and the information that has been shared with them. Marwah's phone has been confiscated and sent for forensic examination.

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