NIA arrests IPS officer for ‘leaking’ secret documents to terrorist group LeT, nie, IPS officer arrested

New Delhi: Cracking down on its own officers, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested IPS officer Arvind Digvijay Negi, who previously served as the Superintendent of Police (SP) in the agency, for allegedly leaking secret documents to a more ground worker of the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to officials.

The 48-year-old officer, who was awarded the 2011 IPS cadre and awarded the Medal of Bravery, was arrested in connection with an NIA-registered case on November 6 last year .

He was convicted under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The case concerns the spread of the Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) Groundworkers’ Network (OGW) banned for providing support for the planning and execution of terrorist activities in India.

The NIA had previously arrested six people in the case.

“During the investigation, the role of AD Negi, IPS, SP stationed in Shimla (since repatriated from NIA) was verified and his houses were searched. It was also found that official secret documents of the NIA had been disclosed by AD Negi to another defendant who is an OGW of LeT in the case,” the NIA spokesperson said.

His premises in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh were one of three locations raided by the NIA in November after information about his leaked documents was shared by central intelligence agencies.

Negi was repatriated to his cadre after serving on deputy at the NIA for 11 years and three months, one of the longest tenures at the counterterrorism agency since its inception. He had requested repatriation citing personal reasons.

He was awarded the Police Meritorious Service Medal after the investigation of the Hurriyat terrorist financing case.

Negi was part of the NIA team that investigated cases related to the circulation of counterfeit currencies, terrorist recruitments by the Islamic State, the use of trade across the Line of Control (LoC) to finance terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was also part of the NIA team that investigated the case that led to the arrest of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Waheed Para.

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