A days after suspected ISI agent Nishant Aggarwal was arrested by the UP-Maharashtra ATS for leaking BrahMos missiles secrets to Pakistan, he was produced before the Nagpur Sessions court, where he was granted three days transit remand by the court in the matter.
According to sources, after the transit remand, the accused BrahMos employee will be confronted for the details of the materials that have been seized so far by the UP and Maharashtra ATS during the investigation on Monday. During the preliminary questioning, the accused did not give any satisfactory response to the ATS. The officials are currently examining the social media chats, that Nishant exchanged with his alleged handler in Pakistan.
The accused will soon be taken to Lucknow for further investigation into the case concerning the national security. Furthermore, two other arrested suspects who were scientists at the DMSRDE lab in Kapur will also be questioned by the police regarding the case.
During a press briefing on Monday, UP police officials stated that they are doing a detailed investigation about what all information the suspected ISI agent has leaked to Pakistan.
“We found shreds of evidence of him having an exchange of message with Pakistan. We have confiscated all the computers and laptops in the matters. We will take the investigation further after his arrest and will take stringent actions against the accused. We are investigating how he was paid or whether or not he was being paid for his work. It is still under inspection about how and which all confidential documents, he transferred to ISI. You(media) can term it as a honey trap if you want,” the police spokesperson further added.
Aggarwal was working with BrahMos for the last 4 years or so and was a topper of his college. The BrahMos, the fastest cruise missile in the world, is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace.