Farhat, the PA of Rajya Sabha MP Munabbar Saleem, was arrested on Friday after a Pakistan High Commissioner staffer, Mehmood Akhtar named him as one of his aides involved in the espionage racket. Photograph: (ANI)
Pakistan High Commissioner staffer Mehmood Akhtar, expelled by India for spying, had named Farhat as his 'close aide'
A Delhi court sentenced a personal assistant of Samajwadi Party's (SP) member of parliament (MP) in the upper house to ten days in police custody, ANI reported.
Espionage racket: Farhat, PA of SP leader Munawwar Saleem sent to 10 day police custody by Delhi court— ANI (@ANI_news) October 29, 2016
Farhat, the PA of Rajya Sabha MP Munabbar Saleem, was arrested on Friday after a Pakistan High Commissioner staffer, Mehmood Akhtar named him as one of his aides involved in the espionage racket.
Farhat was sent for a medical after his arrest and Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police said he will remain in custody till investigation is underway.
A senior police officer had said, "During Mehmood's questioning, Farhat Khan's name surfaced as one of his close associates in the espionage racket he was running along with names of some other Pakistan High Commission staffers."
Indian TV channels also showed a video in which Mehmood named Farhat, along with Syed Farruq, Khadim Hussain, Shahid Iqbal and Iqbal Cheema, who were staffers. He also said that he used to meet with Farhat at the capital's Mandi House metro station.
Delhi Police is trying to nab other members of the espionage racket after Akhtar was reportedly caught receiving secret defence documents about the deployment of Indian security forces in the capital on October 26.
Two others, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, residents of Nagaur, Rajasthan, were held along with Akhtar. Another accused Shoaib Hassan was detained in Jodhpur and brought to Delhi by the police where he was arrested, PTI reported.
Hassan has been sent to an 11-day police custody, PTI reported.
(WION with inputs from agencies)