Special NIA court convicts Sri Lankan for espionage

A NIA Special Court in Chennai has convicted a Sri Lankan National and sentenced him to five years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) in the Thameem Ansari espionage case in which Pakistan Intelligence Officers were involved.

The court has jailed the Sri Lankan national for five years and fined Rs 20,000 after convicting him for spying on Indian defence installations at the behest of Pakistan intelligence officers as part of a conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.

Arun Selvarajan has been convicted for all charges against him including the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act, the Official Secrets Act, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the Foreigners Act besides the Passport Act, an NIA spokesperson said.

According to a press release from NIA, “The Case was originally registered on September 17, 2012, at Q Branch Police Station, Trichy, Tamil Nadu under section 3, 4 and 9 of Official Secrets Act read with section 120B of IPC after the arrest of Thameem Ansari, a native of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu on September 16, 2012, for conducting espionage at the behest of  Pakistan Intelligence officers led by accused Amir Zubair Siddique posted at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, as part of the conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts in India. NIA had re-registered the case on May 1, 2013, and taken over the investigation.”

It added: “Later, accused Arun Selvarajan was arrested in this case on September 10, 2014, for engaging in similar espionage activities, at the behest of   Pakistan Intelligence officers. The investigation had established that the accused persons Thameem Ansari and Arun Selvarajan pursuant to the conspiracy hatched with Pakistan intelligence officers had conducted espionage at various defence establishments and sensitive locations in the state and transmitted such classified information to Amir Zubair Siddique thereby threatening the sovereignty and security of India.”

A supplementary charge sheet was filed against Selvarajan on March 30, 2016 under sections of the Foreigners Act besides Passport Act.

Charges were framed against Ansari and Selvarajan in January 2018. Selvarajan has been convicted for all the charges against him. However, trial against Ansari continues, the NIA said.

On March six, 2015, the chargesheet was field against Thameem Ansari under sections 120-B and 121-A of IPC, sections 17 and 18 of UA (P) Act and section 3 of Official Secrets Act, 1923, besides against Arun Selvarajan under sections 120-B, 121-A, 419, 465, 468 and 471 of IPC, sections 17 and 18 of UA(P) Act, section 3 of Official Secrets Act and sec 20 of NDPS Act, 1985.

Later, a supplementary chargesheet was filed against Arun Selvarajan on March 30, 2016 under sections 14(a), 14(b) and 14(c) of Foreigners Act, 1946, besides under sections 12(1)(b) and 12(1A) of Passport Act, 1967.