Many startling facts revealed about DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar

New Delhi: Many important informations have come to light in the interrogation of DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar, who was arrested for giving information to Pakistan. The ATS claims that Kurulkar was honey-trapped and some sensitive information was leaked from him. According to news agency PTI, the police custody of DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar was extended till May 15 by a special court in Pune on Tuesday.

Chatting on WhatsApp started in October 2022

According to what Kurulkar told the ATS, a message came on his WhatsApp in October last year. He was addressed by the wrong name in the message. On this, Kurulkar replied on WhatsApp that I am not him, but Pradeep Kurulkar. After this WhatsApp chatting started between the two. Kurulkar said that the WhatsApp chat woman described herself as an Indian living in London and expressed hatred against Pakistan.

Chat continued till February 2023

After some time Kurulkar was honey-trapped and an attempt was made to obtain information related to the DRDO project, including the BrahMos missile. The chat between the two continued till February 2023. The number used to chat with Kurulkar as having a Pakistani IP alerted the DRDO to intelligence officials and their vigilance team probed it before reporting it to the ATS.

Scientist also shared a photo of a missile

The NSA and the Prime Minister’s Office were also briefed about the developments. It was confirmed in the vigilance probe that Scientist Kurulkar had honey-trapped and shared information with Pakistani intelligence operatives. The probe also revealed that the scientist had shared a photo of a missile and some local address details, apart from sharing some of his personal photos.

‘Feeling lonely at the age of 59, so…’

After this, an FIR was registered on behalf of DRDO in Maharashtra ATS. Two mobile phones and a laptop belonging to Kurulkar have been taken for examination. Kurulkar told the probe agency that he was unaware that the woman was from Pakistan. Kurulkar said that he shared the information with the woman because he was feeling lonely at the age of 59. He believed that the woman was interested in his work and was a fan. Used to exchange information to make women aware.

Woman used to praise his work for the country

An ATS official said that the woman, after reading Kurulkar’s profile, admired his work for the country. He also expressed hatred for Pakistan and claimed that India would be victorious over Pakistan. According to sources, there have been hundreds of video and audio calls between the two, but Kurulkar was never threatened as he kept sharing the information and the woman kept sending him her nude photographs.

Woman used to talk to scientist till midnight

Taking advantage of Kurulkar’s loneliness, the woman used to talk to him till late night. Sources said that Kurulkar was so attracted to the woman that he wanted to have a physical relationship with her. Had the intelligence agencies not intervened, he might have even planned to meet her in another country.

Police custody of DRDO scientist extended

According to news agency PTI, the police custody of DRDO scientist Pradeep Kurulkar was extended till May 15 by a special court in Pune on Tuesday. The scientist, director of a DRDO laboratory in Pune, was arrested on May 3 and was in police custody. He was produced before the Additional Sessions Judge (Special Court) on Tuesday after the expiry of his police custody. Seeking extension of the accused’s custody, the prosecution told the court that forensic reports of the seized equipment have been received from the scientist and he needs to be questioned for further investigation in the matter.

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