Lt Col Sanjay Shandilya caught in a honeytrap

The Army is conducting a court of inquiry (CoI) against Lieutenant Colonel Sanjay Shandilya from the 82 Armoured Regiment deployed to a forward position at the Suratgarh district of Rajasthan. The COI will ascertain whether he allegedly divulged or compromised classified operational information along the western front with Pakistan.

Intelligence Bureau sleuths got wind of the fresh episode since they were tracking the Bangladeshi woman, Sheeba, after she had honeytrapped another Indian Lieutenant Colonel, this time a Para Regiment commando, who was undergoing a staff college course in the military academy of Bangladesh last year. (TOI reports that Sheeba was working for Pakistan’s ISI)

Other military officers have also been caught in reported honey traps in recent years. The Navy, for instance, last year sacked Commodore Sukhjinder Singh after his sexually explicit pictures with a Russian woman had surfaced. Singh was posted in Moscow as part of the Indian negotiating team for the acquisition of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (now rechristened INS Vikramaditya), for which India finally agreed to pay $2.33 billion after protracted and bitter negotiations with Russia.

Several military officers are also in the dock for compromising classified information and data through the improper use of internet or social networking websites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter despite strict guidelines against such conduct.

Five to six officers, for instance, are facing a naval board of inquiry (BoI) after Chinese hackers were recently detected to have broken into sensitive naval computers, in and around Eastern Navy Command HQs at Visakhapatnam, with the help of “worm-infected” pen-drives.

(TOI 11JUL12)

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