New Delhi: In a sensational revelation, an Indian woman diplomat posted in Islamabad has been arrested here on charges of spying for Pakistan.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vishnu Prakash confirmed the development. “The matter is under investigation. The official concerned is cooperating with our investigation and enquiry,” he said.
Simultaneously, the station head of Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW) in Islamabad R K Sharma has also come
under the scanner, official sources said Tuesday.
A promotee officer (belonged to the lower cadre known as IFS-B) of Ministry of External Affairs,
53-year-old Madhuri Gupta, was arrested from her East Delhi home four days back, after she was summoned to Delhi on the pretext of discussions
on the current SAARC summit meeting held in Thimpu, Bhutan.
The officer, a Second Secretary working in the Indian Mission
in Islamabad for nearly three years, is alleged to have been passing on
extremely sensitive information to her contacts in ISI till her
movements came under surveillance of Intelligence Bureau
Home Secretary G K Pillai said Gupta had been passing
information to Pakistani agencies. "She has been arrested," he
The sources said Gupta, a spinster, is alleged to have
been taking information from the RAW station head in
Islamabad, which was passed to the Pakistani spy agencies.
The sources said that the role of Sharma had also come
under scanner for allegedly abusing his position and passing
information to Gupta. However, it was not clear whether he
knew the woman officer`s real designs, the sources said.
Gupta, who was arrested upon her arrival four days ago,
was produced again before a court yesterday which has remanded
her to further police custody of another five days..
She has been charged under Official Secrets Act.
Reports claim that she is being put through intensive interrogation by a joint team of the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB)
Reacting to the shocking expose, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal told a news channel: “It is very very shocking. It is the first time such an incidence has taken place.”