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Shankaran spotted in Sweden


He had slipped out of Britain when a warrant was issued

CBI confident of getting him extradited to India


New Delhi: Ravi Shankaran, a kin of former Navy Chief Admiral (retd.) Arun Prakash who is the main accused in the war room leak case, has been spotted in Sweden after slipping out of Britain when an arrest warrant was issued against him by a U.K. court on the CBI’s request.

After trailing him for over four months, the CBI found him in Sweden.

This prompted the agency to send an alert to the Swedish wing of Interpol for his immediate detention, official sources said.

Shankaran, who has been chargesheeted by the CBI, has not returned to Britain, from where he fled after the arrest warrant for him was issued by an additional district judge on April 10.

He has been criss-crossing Europe without a valid passport as the External Affairs Ministry revoked his travel document last year.

As a precautionary measure, the CBI alerted several countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark and Norway, to detain the 43-year-old.

CBI officials said they were confident of getting Shankaran extradited to India and termed his “vanishing act” as a temporary phase till the law caught up with him. Shankaran is wanted by the CBI for allegedly obtaining classified data, including the Navy’s acquisition plans and other sensitive material, from the war room or Directorate of Naval Operations.

The CBI has earlier sent a request for Shankaran’s extradition after Britain’s Home Department routed a message to the CBI through the External Affairs Ministry. The CBI had on September 12 last year attached Shankaran’s property and bank accounts after he failed to appear before the agency for questioning.

This included his office - Shanks Oceanographic Pvt. Ltd in Goa - and accounts with the HSBC of a firm called Besix India, which belonged to him.

The agency conducted raids at his residence and offices in April last year after arresting former naval Commander Kulbushan Parashar at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on his arrival from London.

Proclamation notice

A proclamation notice asking Shankaran to appear before the CBI for questioning was published in The Times, London on August 11 last year.

The CBI registered a case on March 20, 2006 against former IAF Wing Commander Sambhaji Rao Surve, Shankaran, ex-naval Commanders Vinod Kumar Jha and Vinod Rana, Raj Rani Jaiswal, Mukesh Bajaj, Wing Commander (retd.) S.K. Kohli, Kashyap Kumar and Parashar. - PTI

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