Parthasarathy Sudarshan, an Indian national who heads Cirrus Electronics, is being held at least until Thursday when he faces a bail hearing. â€œProsecutors said he worked closely with Indian government officials to ship heat-resistant memory chips, microprocessors and other equipment to prohibited government agencies,â€ the AP reports. Also arrested was Indian national Mythili Gopal, the company's international sales manager; he faces an April 17 court date. In addition, two Cirrus employees in Singapore were indicted.
â€œThe FBI says all items were exported in violation of the U.S. arms export control act and has accused two unidentified Indian government officials - including one posted at the Indian Embassy in Washington - of being part of the conspiracy,â€ reports CNN-IBN, a 24-hour India news network broadcast in English.
The Indian Express reports that the official Indian government response has been minimalist. â€œWe are looking into the allegations. Now they are only allegations...we will get back to you when we have something to say about it,â€ the newspaper quotes Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon as saying.