Dubai-based NRI businessman deported to India
attempt to Nuclear Secrets


UAE: July 14, 2004

UAE authorities deported Mr. Akhtar Hussain Qutbuddin Ahmed, 35, a Dubai-based Indian businessman to India for his alleged attempts to sell classified nuclear secrets. Akhtar, who owns a general trading shop in Dubai, was under strict surveillance of the UAE authorities for past two years and reportedly approached UAE as well as diplomatic missions of other 'brotherly' countries in UAE offering nuclear secrets.

UAE authority said that Akhtar tried to contact the UAE ambassador to India in a bid to sell nuclear secrets but the latter informed the concerned authorities. Consequently, the businessman was put under surveillance.

Mr. Akhtar's brother who is a nuclear scientist working with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The BARC authorities are scanning records of more than 16,000 employees to trace the brother.

Akhtar has been detained by Intelligence Bureau (IB) at the international terminal Mumbai. Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Kripashankar Singh, who visited the airport to get first hand information of the scanda, said that ‘some incriminating papers have been found’ with Akhtar. Akhtar will face his interrogators from IB as well as India's external intelligence agency. He might be taken to Delhi for further questioning.