The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested the key conspirator of Indian navy espionage case. The arrested has been identified as 53 years old Abdul Rehman Abdul Jabbar Sheikh from Mumbai. He has been arrested for playing the role of a conspirator in Andhra Pradesh’s high profile Vishakhapatnam Espionage case.
Earlier, Shaista Quaisar, wife of Abdul Rehman arrested in the same espionage racket by NIA. Abdul Rehman and his wife Shaista Quaisar were working for Pakistani intelligence agency and they used to deposit money into the accounts of Navy personnel for confidential information.
Total 15 people have been arrested in the case by NIA which includes 11 Navy personnel.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered a number of digital devices and incriminating documents during search at Abdul Rehman’s house in Mumbai.
NIA Arrests Terror Funding conspirator in Visakhapatnam Espionage Case pic.twitter.com/IYm8PHrVld— NIA India (@NIA_India) June 6, 2020
According to NIA, “Investigation revealed that, Few Navy personnel came in contact with Pakistani nationals through social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp etc, and were involved in sharing classified information in lieu of monetary gains The money was deposited into the bank accounts of the Navy personnel through Indian associates having business interests in Pakistan.”
The Intelligence Department of Andhra Pradesh Police had launched ‘Operation Dolphin’s Nose’ across the country with the help of central intelligence agencies in this case.
In Feb, 2020, The Andhra Pradesh Police had arrested 13 people including 11 Navy personnel in the Indian Navy’s Honey Trap case for allegedly sending sensitive information related to the Navy to the spies of enemy country with the help of social media.
After this case, The Indian Navy had also banned the use of smartphones and social media.