28 February, 2021

...Sting Of The Scorpene

We called it the Indian navy's Bofors. Now, after eight months of Outlook exposes, the CBI acts - raids Abhishek Verma, navy and defence ministry officials.

...Sting Of The Scorpene

The Submarine Is Leaking

It was eight months ago that Outlook began a series of exposes on the naval war room leak case. Sensitive, classified information was being smuggled out of the war room and transferred to civilians linked to the global arms trade. As we probed the story, it was revealed that among the civilians involved were navy chief Arun Prakash’s wife’s nephew Ravi Shankaran and his associate Kulbhushan Parashar. Despite being identified as recipients of the leak, the navy chose not to act against either of them—in fact, Shankaran was allowed to flee the country. But it cashiered three naval officers allegedly linked to the leak without a trial. Moreover, intelligence officials investigating the war room leak had chanced upon a trail that led to Shankaran’s associate, friend and arms dealer Abhishek Verma, and eventually to the Rs 18,798-crore Scorpene submarine deal. This was a "wider conspiracy" not only...

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