I am friendly with a colleague from another vertical whom my boss does not like. He remains suspicious that information may be leaked. I don’t want to lose a good friend. How do I handle the situation?

Explain the situation to your friend. Ensure that you are not seen hanging around with your friend during office hours or in nearby joints.

If your boss brings up the topic, explain that you understand intricacies of office politics and are careful in your conversations. It helps to get some information from your friend though. You are ultimately, your boss’s eyes and ears in the office set-up, and will do nothing to jeopardize team interest.

There is no harm in dropping a sentence that your friend now keeps a distance, because his boss does not like that.