Embassy Worker Arrested For Spying For Pakistan: What We Know So Far
Satendra Siwal passed on sensitive information concerning strategic activities of the Defence and Foreign ministries, and military establishments to ISI handlers, police said.
Satendra Siwal, an Indian embassy employee in Moscow, has been apprehended by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on charges of spying for Pakistan's intelligence agency. The arrest took place in Meerut following intelligence indicating that ISI handlers were attempting to entice Foreign Ministry staff to acquire sensitive information about the Indian Army.
Here are five key points about the case:
Siwal, residing in Shahmahiuddinpur village in Hapur, allegedly passed on confidential documents to ISI handlers due to personal greed, misusing his position as a security assistant within the embassy.
The information he divulged pertained to strategic activities of the Defence and Foreign ministries, posing a significant threat to India's internal and external security.
During ATS interrogation in Meerut, Siwal failed to provide satisfactory answers, eventually confessing to spying for ISI.
Siwal has been serving as an India-based Security Assistant (IBSA) at the Indian Embassy in Moscow since 2021.
Legal action has been initiated against Siwal under the Official Secrets Act and for waging war against the country. The Foreign Ministry is collaborating with investigative agencies, acknowledging Siwal's arrest.