Information available with the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicates that a Military Intelligence (MI) havaldar, who was arrested recently in a joint operation involving DRI and MI, was not involved with Pakistan’s ISI but may have been caught up in the intense factional feud within the Army.
Sources said the only thing that has emerged is the functional and operational details of the Technical Support Division (TSD), which is part of the directorate general of military intelligence, where the havildar was a head clerk. TSD was created after General V K Singh became the Army chief, and is headed by Colonel Honey Bakshi, one of his confidantes.
The information on the havaldar wanting to sell army secrets to ISI is being considered dubious given that even Intelligence Bureau (IB) had refused to take heed of it.
Initial information was received by DRI through a Dubai-based smuggler-turned-informer. He informed a DRI official that an MI official wanted to sell military secrets and had got in touch with him through his Kochi-based cousin.
Initially, DRI itself doubted the information. However, the smuggler arranged a meeting between him and the MI havildar in a Mumbai hotel, and helped a DRI official clandestinely identify the suspect. “A packet containing some stuff too was exchanged between them. This convinced DRI that the smuggler was perhaps telling the truth,” said the source.
However, as the case had nothing to do with Customs, DRI passed on the information to IB. Surprisingly, however, IB refused pay heed to the information and initiate any action, indirectly casting doubt on the information, said the source.
Subsequently, DRI informed the Army and the two laid a trap to arrest him. However, not much, except information on past operations done by TSD and details of its officers, was found on the havaldar. “Overall, it has revealed the functioning of TSD to rest of MI,” said the source.
Earlier, TSD faced allegations of illegal surveillance of senior officials and politicians. However, the allegations were fiercely denied by Gen V K Singh.
-via The Times of India.