RIM denies it got inside info from Indian Minister

Research in Motion has rejected reports that it had links with an Indian government official  who leaked information to telecommunications companies.

Ravi Inder Singh, senior home minister, was taken in for questioning last night following investigations into the alleged leaks of sensitive information to some private firms. According to TV channel IBNLive, a police first information report said Singh used to meet RIM’s representatives in 5-star hotels and passed on vital information about India’s telecom state.

However, according to the Economic Times, RIM is attempting to distance itself.

“Research in Motion (RIM) unequivocally states that it has no involvement or insight regarding the matter that has led to the arrest of Ravi Inder Singh, nor has there been any suggestion of RIM’s involvement by the government of India,” the company said.

“RIM’s employees and representatives have never met any official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) other than in official meetings at the premises of MHA. Any suggestion to the contrary is false, unfounded and slanderous,” the company added.

Not everyone’s convinced. Internal Security Secretary UK Bansal, said: “It is a matter of concern,” adding that Ravi Inder Singh was also handling matters pertaining to BlackBerry’s encoded services.

The government has been demanding access to the BlackBerry codes for security agencies to intercept e-mails and chat services to ensure these are not misused by terrorists against the state.

“Once again, RIM must ask the media in India to refrain from repeating malicious and unsubstantiated rumours from unnamed sources,” Blackberry added.

“RIM has and will continue to engage the government of India in positive and constructive discussions through official channels and based on RIM’s clearly stated principles.”

The government has given RIM until January to provide total access to communications on its BlackBerry Messenger service. It has also demanded access to RIM’s corporate email and communications service, BlackBerry Enterprise Server.