A businessman accused of playing a key role in India's espionage scandal testified yesterday that he sold national secrets to Poland, France and East Germany, a senior court source said.
The government also ousted two top officials in connection with the scandal. Defense Production Secretary M.C. Sarin and a secretary in the Finance Ministry, J.S. Baijal, were instructed to go on leave, and an inquiry was ordered into the leak of classified documents from their departments, The Associated Press reported.
The court source said businessman Coomar Narain told New Delhi Magistrate P.K. Dham that he transferred classified information, culled from several officials in top government circles, to foreign agents for the past 25 years.
The source said Narain named a Polish diplomat and two French diplomats, including a French deputy military attache, Col. Alain Bolley, who was ousted from India on Jan. 20.
The French Embassy in New Delhi has declined comment since Bolley was recalled. Polish Ambassador Ryszard Fijalkowski described the allegations about his embassy's involvement in the espionage ring as "baseless."
The courtroom was closed to reporters, but a senior court official present at the two-hour hearing provided AP with details on the condition that he not be identified.