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Pak ‘agent’ gets 7-yr RI for spyi

Pak ‘agent’ gets 7-yr RI for spying
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pak-agent-gets-7-yr-RI-for-spying/articleshow/7820759.cms

AN INDIAN BECOMES A PAK AGENT FOR HIS LOVE FOR A PAK GIRL!

Investigations had revealed that Upadhyay had fallen in love with a Pakistani girl, Fatima Shah, on an Internet chat service two years prior to his arrest. The prosecution said the girl’s father, Salauddin Shah, was an ISI agent. Upadhyay visited Pakistan twice – in October 2006 and January 2007 – and had taken army training at an undisclosed location in Karachi.

PUNE: The court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Suchitra Ghodke on Tuesday sentenced Vishalkumar Premchand Upadhyay (28) of Jharkhand to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment on charges of spying. The Pune police had arrested Upadhyay on April 8, 2007, accusing him of being an agent of Pakistan’s ISI.

The Pune police crime branch had arrested Upadhyay, a second year student of Annasaheb Magar College of Engineering in Pimpri Chinchwad, from his rented room at Ganga lodge in the Deccan Gymkhana area.

According to the prosecution, the police had recovered 12 CDs containing photographs of army units and Hindu religious places from Upadhyay. Two of the CDs contained information regarding defence establishments like the National Defence Academy, Bombay Sappers and the High Explosives factory in Khadki, apart from names and contact numbers of top army officials. The other photographs were of the famed Dagdusheth temple and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s office in Modibaug here.

The police had also seized Upadhyay’s Indian passport, a Pakistani visa, a receipt of money received from Pakistan through Western Union and two diaries, including one in Urdu, containing addresses of Pakistani citizens.

Investigations had revealed that Upadhyay had fallen in love with a Pakistani girl, Fatima Shah, on an Internet chat service two years prior to his arrest. The prosecution said the girl’s father, Salauddin Shah, was an ISI agent. Upadhyay visited Pakistan twice – in October 2006 and January 2007 – and had taken army training at an undisclosed location in Karachi.

The police chargesheet names four “absconding” suspects in the case – one Hafiz, Salauddin Shah and two officials of Pakistan’s high commission in New Delhi, Sayyad Shahid Hussain Tirmezhi and Abdul Latif alias Javed. Tirmezhi and Javed were immune to prosecution and, on a report submitted by the Pune police, were sent back to Pakistan.

The chargesheet states that Salauddin, aided by Pakistan’s high commission officials, helped Upadhyay easily obtain a Pakistani visa. Upadhyay had obtained the photographs from Hafiz.

The judge said the girl had lured Upadhyay by promising to marry him and had also told him that he would be looking after their business interests in London. Upadhyay, while falling for the girl, had acted against the integrity of the nation and had obtained two passports – in 1995 and in 2005, she said.

Ghodke said Upadhyay had accepted money coming from Pakistan in Pune and in New Delhi. He had sent several emails to Pakistan, but none of them referred to his love for Fatima. He had also made and received several telephone calls from Pakistan, the judge said.

Ghodke praised investigating officer Bhanupratap Barge of the crime branch for conducting an in-depth investigation, saying this had helped the court in bringing the guilt of the accused on record.

Upadhyay’s lawyer Rajesh Kature pleaded that his client be given an opportunity to reform himself as his father was suffering from paralysis and his sister was of marriageable age. Assistant public prosecutor Prakash Gaikwad, however, said Upadhyay should be given maximum punishment for committing a crime against the nation.

The court held Upadhyay guilty under sections 3 and 9 (spying) of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced him to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for each count. All sentences will run concurrently.

Upadhyay did not show any remorse after the verdict, but his sister broke into tears. She told her brother that their father was seriously ill and that his mother would not survive after hearing of the conviction. Upadhyay consoled his sister and asked her to take care of their parents. He also told her to get married without waiting for him to return home.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Pak-agent-gets-7-yr-RI-for-spying/articleshow/7820759.cms