DRDO Scientist Arrested For Sending Crucial Intel To Pakistan

A director at a DRDO research unit based in Pune named Pradeep Kurulkar was arrested for sending crucial intelligence to Pakistan.

A scientist employed at India’s esteemed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on charges of allegedly providing crucial information to a Pakistani intelligence operative that could potentially endanger India’s national security.

Maharashtra ATS chief Sadanand Date confirmed the arrest of Pradeep Kurulkar, a director at a DRDO research unit based in Pune. Kurulkar has been accused of being in contact with the intelligence unit of Pakistan, providing crucial information since September 2022. The suspicious activity was initially noticed by DRDO officials who informed the Maharashtra ATS.

The ATS started keeping tabs on Kurulkar while the DRDO conducted an internal probe, leading to a complaint being filed with the anti-terrorism agency in Maharashtra. Based on the complaint, Kurulkar was arrested on Thursday under various sections of the Official Secrets Act and remanded to ATS custody till May 9.

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