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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2007 (202) 514-2007
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Two Indicted and Arrested on Charges
of Supplying
Indian Government with Controlled
WASHINGTON—A South Carolina man and woman have been indicted and
arrested on charges of supplying the Government of India with controlled
technology without the required licenses, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney
General for the National Security Division, and Jeffrey A. Taylor, U.S. Attorney for
the District of Columbia, announced today.

Parthasarathy Sudarshan, 46 and Mythili Gopal, 36, both of Simpsonville, S.C.,
were arrested on Friday, March 23, 2007, and had their initial appearances in the
U.S. District Court in Greenville, S.C. Today, Sudarshan had his first court
appearance in the District of Columbia as he was arraigned on the charges before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. The case has been assigned to U.S.
District Judge Ricardo Urbina, who has scheduled a status hearing for April 17,
2007, for both Sudarshan and Gopal.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the FBI, the Department of
Commerce, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A15-count
indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia
and unsealed on March 23, charges the defendants with violating the International
Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act and with acting
as illegal agents of a foreign government. The indictment also charges AKN Prasad
of Bangalore, India, and Sampath Sundar, 47, of Singapore, for their roles in the

If convicted of the charges, Sudarshan faces a likely sentencing guideline range of
97-121 months in prison, while Gopal faces a likely sentencing guideline range of
63-78 months. Prasad and Sundar face likely sentencing guideline ranges of 78-97
months, if convicted of the charges.

"These arrests put a network of technology smugglers out of business and
demonstrate that we have no tolerance for weapons proliferators who illegally

S. (“BDL”).S. ICE Washington. India. in the case of one vendor. D. Attorney Taylor. prosecute and jail those whose activities undermine our national security. when. Cirrus had offices in Simpsonville. South Carolina. technology whose export is restricted to combat proliferation and then seek to evade U.S. Singapore.S.. Assistant Director in Charge. missile and aerospace systems.” stated Joseph Persichini. Jr. to further to conceal from the U. "We will locate. technology is tantamount to breaching the border." “This case clearly demonstrates that the United States will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who illegally procure and export components for space launch vehicle and ballistic missile programs. “This case demonstrates the commitment of our government to combat such networks. ." said Darryl W. there were no export licenses for any of the shipments to VSSC and BDL. the indictment alleges how. According to the indictment. “The illegal exportation of controlled U. export and licensing regulations undermine our national security. Cirrus provided the company with fraudulent certificates that claimed that the end-user in India was a non- restricted entity. the items were for entities with weapons technology that has applications in the development of aircraft. The indictment alleges that. In addition.S. In particular. in fact. “This indictment would not have been possible without their team effort. the defendants acquired in the United States for VSSC and BDL electrical components that could have applications in missile guidance and firing systems.C. The indictment alleges that. According to the indictment. the defendants concealed from vendors the true end-users of the goods. FBI Washington Field Office. Office of Investigations. Ltd. origin commodities subject to the Export Administration Regulations of the Department of Commerce to these entities are restricted and require prior authorization in the form of a license from the Department of Commerce. the FBI remains committed to ensure the safety and security of our nation's technology. Sudarshan and Gopal did business as Cirrus Electronics (“Cirrus”). Exports of U. Among the foreign entities involved are the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (“VSSC”) and Bharat Dynamics. “Networks that procure U. between 2002 and 2006.” "The FBI wishes to thank the Department of Commerce and the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their invaluable assistance in this investigation. and Bangalore.” said William Reid." According to the indictment. even when they attempt to mask their illegal activities by diverting sensitive components through third countries. Jackson. Special Agent in Charge.” stated U.S." said Assistant Attorney General Wainstein. Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Commerce Department.

Attorney Max Cauthen of the District of South Carolina and Senior Trial Attorney Clifford I. Because the microprocessors are defense articles on the US Munitions List.S. they commended Assistant U. Jay I. Commerce Assistant Secretary Jackson.S. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. Assistant Attorney General Wainstein. Cirrus caused the shipment of a total of 500 microprocessors to the Indian entity responsible for the development of the Tejas. Price II. in addition to supplying VSSC and BDL with components.S. In announcing the arrest and unsealed indictment. Lastly. U. An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a criminal violation. and ICE Special Agent in Charge Reid praised FBI Special Agents Russell Nimmo. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents David Hepler and Christopher Malone. and Reed Wilson. There were no licenses for these shipments.government that goods were going to entities in India on the Department of Commerce Entities List. a fighter jet under development. who is handling the prosecution. Cirrus would route the products through its Singapore office and then send the packages on to India. They also thanked Assistant U. the defendants acquired microprocessors for the Tejas. The indictment alleges that. FBI Assistant Director in Charge Persichini. Department of Commerce Special Agents Philip Kuhn. the State Department must license any export of the products. FBI Supervisory Special Agents Raymond Lyons and Jennifer. Bratt. James Walker. According to the indictment. and Thalia Griffin-Thompson. Charles E. Rones of the Counterespionage Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division for their assistance with the case. ### 07-217 . The microprocessors were necessary for the navigation and weapons guidance systems of the Tejas. Attorney Taylor. on two occasions in 2004 and 2006. Julie Hendrix. Jody Bankins.