Corporate espionage

Spooks and spies, past and present

Print edition : March 20, 2015

In 1986, Coomer Narain (above), regional manager of SLM Maneklal Industries Limited, was charged with criminal conspiracy and leaking important classified information to foreign agents between 1977 and 1985 in Delhi and Mumbai. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Yogesh Maneklal. Coomar Narain implicated Yogesh, his boss, in this scandal and claimed he had been collecting information on behalf of his employer who, in turn, would pass it on to his clients. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Frank Larkins, who retired as a major general in the Indian Army in 1972, was arrested in November 1983, after he was caught passing military documents to a U.S. national. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Abhishek Verma, who was part of the naval war room case in 2006, being brought to the Patiala House courts in New Delhi on June 9, 2012. The case heralded the use of digital equipment by those who stole secret documents. Over 7,000 pages of sensitive defence information were reportedly pilfered from high-security rooms in South Block on a pen drive. Photo: V. Sudershan

Reliance Industries KG-D6's control and raiser platform. There are various contentious issues between the government and RIL, some of which are either in court or in different stages of arbitration. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The leakage of sensitive information days before the presentation of the Union Budget for 2015-16 brings back into focus the triangular nexus between corrupt sections of politicians, businesspersons and bureaucrats.
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