Indian police hold company officials over oil ministry leaks

Indian police have won court approval to hold five company officials for 72 hours as they investigate an alleged scam to steal documents from the oil ministry to sell to consultants and private companies. The officials from Reliance Industries, Essar , Cairn India, Jubilant Energy and Reliance Power were arrested on Friday along with seven other people, Ravindra Yadav, Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police, told Reuters on Saturday. One of the arrested people is former journalist Santanu Saikia, who now runs websites about the oil, power and fertiliser sectors. Saikia said he was doing an undercover investigation into what he called a 100 billion rupees ($1.6 billion) scam.



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