Former BrahMos aerospace engineer gets life sentence under OSA for passing information to Pakistan's ISI

Nagpur, June 3 (PTI) – The Nagpur District Court on Monday sentenced former BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd engineer Nishant Agarwal to life imprisonment under the Official Secrets Act for spying for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.

Agarwal will also have to serve 14 years in prison and has been fined Rs 3,000.

Additional Sessions Court Judge MV Deshpande stated in the order that Agarwal was convicted under Section 235 of the Criminal Procedure Code for an offence punishable under Section 66(f) of the IT Act and various sections of the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

“The court sentenced Agarwal to life imprisonment and 14 years in prison under the Official Secrets Act and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000,” said Special Public Prosecutor Jyoti Vajani.

Agarwal, who worked in the technical research department at the company's missile centre in Nagpur, was arrested in 2018 in a joint operation by military intelligence and the anti-terrorist squads (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The former BrahMos Aerospace engineer has been charged under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the stringent OSA.

He had worked at the Brahmos facility for four years and was accused of passing on confidential technical information to Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the military-industrial consortium (NPO Mashinostroyenia) of Russia.

Agarwal was granted bail by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court last April. PTI CLS NSK

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