Nagpur: The Nagpur Sessions Court on Tuesday granted three-day transit remand of Brahmos engineer Nishant Agarwal to Uttar Pradesh ATS, said ANI. Agarwal was arrested on Monday on charges of spying. Agarwal, a DRDO employee, was nabbed for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. He allegedly chatted with Pakistan-based IDs on social media, said Aseem Arun, IG UP ATS. Agarwal’s personal computer was also seized during a raid at his residence in Nagpur. “Very sensitive info was found on his personal computer…We also found evidence of him chatting on facebook with Pakistan based IDs,” Arun was quoted as saying. Agarwal was working at the Brahmos Unit in Nagpur.
“We are also trying to ascertain whether he received any money for passing the information and we will continue the investigation to find the answers. We also raided his family home in Roorkee and got hold of an old laptop that he used,” Arun had said. The BrahMos missile, considered to be the fastest cruise missile in the world, is a medium-range supersonic missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is also a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyeniya of Russia. On September 20, Agarwal was awarded the “Young Scientist Award” by the Indian National Science Academy.
The facility where Agarwal worked makes BrahMos missile fuel. As per media reports, Agarwal had previously leaked sensitive information to the United States as well.