An Indian Army soldier faces a court martial and has been handed a 10-year and 10-month prison term by a military court for the unlawful dissemination of classified information pertaining to northern border operations.
The soldier was found to be communicating with a staff member of the Pakistan embassy in New Delhi, identified as Abid Husain, also known as Naik Abid.
During the course of their communication, the soldier shared a range of confidential documents, including the schedule of his assigned guard duty and specific details concerning his formation’s activities. He also made an attempt to provide information related to the formation’s vehicles and their movements during the period of COVID-19 lockdown.
It should be noted that the information accessed by the soldier was of a minor nature, as per reports from Indian media. The military court presided over by a female officer, showcased the Indian Army’s strict stance against such acts, as they impose zero tolerance for breaches of classified information.
The imposed sentence awaits confirmation by higher authorities before it is finalized. This serves as an exemplar of the army’s commitment to maintaining strict discipline and ensuring the protection of sensitive information.
This is not the first time, Indian soldiers have been trapped in leaking sensitive information to Pakistan.
Last year, an Indian Army personnel Pradeep Kumar was arrested on Saturday May 21 for allegedly leaking information to alleged female ISI spy reports India Today.
Indian media claims the 24-year-old Indian army officer was allegedly honeytrapped by a Pakistani woman to leak information. Kumar posted in Jodhpur came in contact with the woman through facebook. Woman is alleged to have impersonated as a Hindu woman to get in touch with Pradeep Kumar. She presented herself as the resident of the Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
According to Indian media, the woman was a Pakistani agent who said that she is working in an Indian corporate firm. Several months after the contact with the woman, Kumar came to Delhi on the excuse of the marriage and sought confidential documents of Indian Army. Images of the confidential information of strategic and military importance were sent to the Pakistani woman, an alleged agent of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).