BrahMos Aerospace engineer Nishant Agrawal, arrested on charges of espionage, was in touch with suspected Pakistani intelligence operatives through two Facebook accounts -- 'Neha Sharma' and 'Pooja Ranjan', according to the Uttar Pradesh Police.
The UP Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATC) stated this in the court of Junior Magistrate First Class S M Joshi here Tuesday while seeking Agrawal's transit remand for taking him to Lucknow for a detailed interrogation.
He said Agrawal was active on LinkedIn also.
Top classified information had been loaded on the accused's personal laptop, the officer said.
He added that classified registered files with red markings were found stored in PDF (portable document format) in the accused's personal laptop.
"These are all top classified information which (if) shared could be a threat to the country. We want to conduct a detailed interrogation and produce him in the special court in Lucknow, and, hence, request three days transit remand," the IO told the court.
The accused has been charged under sections 3,4, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, sections 419,420, 467, 468, 120 (B) and 121 (A) of the Indian Penal Code as well as 66 (B) of the Information Technology Act.
They said such documents should not be present on a personal computer.
The sources said an old computer was also seized from Agrawal's residence in his native town, Roorkee, and its contents were being investigated.
They said since a jawan was arrested in September after allegedly being honey-trapped by the ISI, the ATS was keeping a close watch on fake Facebook accounts of women, being operated from Pakistan, which were in touch with people working in sensitive places.
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