Based on Intelligence Bureau tip offs, an official at the Pakistan High Commission was arrested on espionage charges for possessing highly-classified defence documents, but was later released on diplomatic immunity and two Indians from Rajasthan were arrested for passing on the sensitive information to the Pak High Commission staffer Mohammed Akhtar.
“The spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence). The spies were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information,” said a senior police officer.
Akhtar has been declared ‘persona non grata’ and will be asked to leave India in 24 hours.
Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.
Crime branch officials have briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit.