Operation Desert Chase

Context

  • Recently, Rajasthan Police arrested two civil defence employees in Jaipur based on Military Intelligence (MI) inputs.
  • The arrested employees had been passing on sensitive information to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

About the Operation: 

  • The operation was jointly carried out by the Army, UP ATS, and Rajasthan Police, and was named Operation ‘Desert Chase’.
  • Both were arrested under relevant sections of the Official Secrets Act, 1923. 

About Official Secrets Act :

  • It was enacted in 1923 and was retained after Independence. 
  • This law is applicable to government servants and citizens and provides the framework for dealing with espionagesedition, and other potential threats to the integrity of the nation
  • The law makes spying, sharing ‘secret’ information, unauthorized use of uniforms, withholding information, interference with the armed forces in prohibited/restricted areas etc. punishable offences.
  • If proven guilty, a person may get up to 14 years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both.