New Delhi: An Indian Air Force officer, who was taken into custody by the counter intelligence wing of the force for alleged involvement in espionage and leaking classified documents, has been charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and handed over to the police, sources said.
Group captain Arun Marwaha, posted at the IAF headquarters here, was handed over to Delhi police on Wednesday after nearly 10 days of questioning by the counter-intelligence wing of the force.
"The Delhi police will now carry forward the probe. The officer has been slapped charges under Official Secrets Act," said a source.
The arrest of Arun Marwah was confirmed by DCP (special cell) Pramod Khushwah on Friday and an FIR has been filed under sections 3 and 5 of the Officials Secrets Act on the complaint by a senior IAF official.
According to sources, Marwah, 51, had been honey-trapped by the ISI through Facebook accounts in mid-December. He was allegedly using his smartphone to click pictures of classified documents, pertaining to combat exercises at the IAF headquarters, and sending them to a woman across the border via WhatsApp.
The investigators from IAF's counter-intelligence wing were also probing whether he was part of a larger espionage ring being run from Pakistan, the sources said.
The IAF officially did not comment on the matter.
Punishment under Official Secrets Act entails a jail term of up to seven years.