Seven months after being detained in Doha, eight retired Indian navy officers were denied bail for the eighth time in a row, despite the State Security Bureau (SSB), Qatar’s intelligence agency, failing to frame any charges.

Ex-Navy men were involved in training the Qatari Navy and were detained on suspicion of passing secret information to the Indian government through a liaison officer in the Indian embassy.

The State Security Bureau (SSB) is on shaky ground, but courts have been generous to its agencies that have been opposing bail but have not been able to provide concrete evidence on their role in alleged information passing.

Hiring military contractors by military officials all over the world is common, but detention and refusal to release them demonstrates a large power behind this game, as the State Security Bureau (SSB) is clearly acting on a tip from some other external security agencies hostile to India or to settle some beef with Indian agencies.