An Indian head of a US electronics supplier and three of his compatriots employed in the firm have been indicted for allegedly exporting sensitive US missile technology to India in violation of laws.
According to the indictments handed by a grand jury, all four of them conspired to mislead American vendors into believing that the dual-use equipment being bought would be exported to Singapore, but the actual destination of the product was India.
The indictments that were unsealed on 2 April 2007 also alleged conspiracy by unnamed Indian government officials in circumvention of US export control law.
The indictment slapped charges against Parthasarathy Sudarshan-led electronics firm, Cirrus Inc—operating in Singapore, South Carolina and Bangalore—of working as an agent of the Indian government to obtain sensitive missile and weapons technology for its military programmes. Four of the company officials—all of them Indians, including founder Sudarshan—were charged.
Sudarshan, who was arrested on March 23, is still in custody and has been brought to Washington D.C. from South Carolina by US Marshalls for his arraignment before a District Court Judge later in the day. Mythili Gopal, the company’s international sales manager, was also arrested in South Carolina on March 23, but was released after her court appearance.
Two others were indicted and have not been arrested. They have been identified as A K N Prasad, the head of Indian operations for Cirrus at its office in Bangalore, and Sampath Sundar, the company’s operations director who worked out of Singapore.