10 years of rigorous imprisonment has been given to a Pakistani and his two Indian associates by a local court on charge of spying for the neighbouring country with the collective fine of Rs 20,000 on the trio.
The Pakistani spy, identified as Imran Qureshi from Karachi, had rented a house in Mangalwara area and was sending secret information through internet and other means to Pakistan. Based on a tip-off, the local police arrested him in January 2008, the prosecution said.
Though Imran tried to mislead the police initially, police carried out a search at his house and found a lot of objectionable documents from his possession. He was later taken into custody.
Police later interrogated him, following which he revealed the names of Sagar-based Iqbal Qureshi and Akthar Baig. Iqbal and Akthar too were arrested by the police and produced in the court for trial.
Imran was a resident of Kulsum Height, Gulshan Iqbal area of Karachi (Pakistan), according to the prosecution.
The sentence was awarded by Additional Session Judge, P K Dwivedi under Passport Act’s section three, sections 467, 468 and 120B of the IPC and Section three of the Official Secrets Act.