Court sends DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar to ATS’ custody

New Delhi: Pradeep Kurulkar, Senior Scientist, R&D Facility (Engineers) in DRDO was arrested by the Maharashtra Terrorism Squad and remanded in ATS custody till May 15 by the Special ATS Court in Pune on Tuesday.

The scientist was accused of sharing confidential information with a woman, a “Pakistani intelligence operative” and staying in touch with her through “WhatsApp messages, voice and video calls” since 2022, according to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sources. ).

Kurulkar was honey-trapped by a female agent and arrested under the ‘Official Secrets Act’ after which the court remanded him to ATS custody till date.

“ATS has multiple electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, etc. seized from Kurulkar and sent for forensic examination. Kurulkar deleted some WhatsApp chats with the PIO girl,” sources said.

Designation of Kurulkar

Kurulkar is said to be an “Outstanding Scholar” (equivalent to a Lieutenant General in the Army). He is listed on the DRDO website as “Team Leader and Senior Designer” who has played a significant role in the successful design, development and delivery of several military engineering systems and equipment, including missile launchers for programs like AD, MRSAM, etc.

It was previously alleged that the accused scientist abused his position in the past while in charge of the Dighi Research and Development Facility (Engineers) from December 12, 2022 to February 24, 2023.

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