PwC official new suspect in document leak case

CBI sources say an official of PricewaterhouseCoopers was allegedly procuring documents from the Department of Economic Affairs, under the Finance Ministry

New Delhi: An official of a high-profile consultancy group has come under CBI scanner in connection with its probe into the alleged sale of confidential government records on foreign investment policies to corporate groups by officials.

The CBI has, so far, arrested five people in the case. File pic
The CBI has, so far, arrested five people in the case. File pic

CBI sources said that during the questioning of five arrested persons in the case, it has come to light that an official of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was allegedly procuring documents from the Department of Economic Affairs, under the Finance Ministry, through Khemchand Gandhi, Chartered Accountant, arrested by the agency two days back in Mumbai.

These confidential documents related to foreign direct investment policies are being considered in the government, the sources said.

The agency sources said they would be probing the role of the consultancy group in detail to gather corroborative evidence and decipher the official-middleman-corporate nexus in getting hands on the confidential documents.

The CBI has so far arrested five persons, including an Under Secretary in the Department of Disinvestment and Grievances Ashok Kumar Singh, Assistant in FIPB section Ram Niwas, Section Officer in the Department of Economic Affairs Lala Ram Sharma, Mumbai-based chartered accountant Khemchand Gandhi and Paresh, partner Chitale Law firm also based in Mumbai.

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