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Modi Shows India Inc. Who’s Boss With Probe Into Sale of Secrets

When R.S. Sharma took charge of India’s biggest energy explorer in 2007, he found that classified internal documents were appearing on a for-profit website.

Even worse: Oil & Natural Gas Corp. paid tens of thousands of dollars a year to subscribe to the site -- Indianpetro.com -- and even advertised on it. Sharma warned its founder, Santanu Saikia, to stop posting the confidential information even while joining most other major Indian oil companies in paying him to access the material.