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The Delhi High Court today turned down the plea of a retired Director of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) seeking direction to the agency to disclose information under the RTI Act.

Justice S Muralidhar dismissed the plea of Brig (Retd) Ujjal Dasgupta, a former official of the intelligence agency, who was arrested for allegedly leaking sensitive information to a CIA agent.

The court passed the order on a petition of Dasgupta filed against the Centre for not disclosing information about the software ‘Anveshak’ which was crucial to his defence in the espionage case filed against him.

Dasgupta, former Director (Computers), RAW, was arrested in 2006 for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act by passing on sensitive information to an American diplomat Rosanna Minchew.

Under the RTI Act, Dasgupta had sought details about the development of ‘Anveshak’, the way it was transferred to RAW — by floppy disk, CD or pen drive, the agency responsible for installation at the premises of RAW and other such details but the plea was refused by the government agencies.

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