Arguments on Madhuri Gupta`s bail plea on Aug 18

A Delhi court today allowed a contention of diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of spying for Pakistan, that the arguments could not be advanced on her bail plea.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 19:10 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today allowed a
contention of diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of spying for
Pakistan, that the arguments could not be advanced on her bail
plea as the police had failed to provide her all documents
relating to the espionage case.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja adjourned the
matter to August 18 after Joginder Dahiya, counsel for Gupta,
submitted that he has not yet been supplied with all necessary
documents being relied on by the police in levelling the
charges against her of passing secret information to Pakistan
intelligence agents.

The court was hearing the bail application of Gupta filed
for the third time since her arrest on April 22.

An application had already been filed on August five on
Gupta`s behalf seeking certain documents, including emails she
had allegedly exchanged with her Pakistani handlers.

She had also sought a copy of emails allegedly shared with
co-accused, and other purported communication between her and
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials.

In the third application seeking bail, Gupta, 53,
contended that keeping her inside jail would amount to
punishment before trial.

She also submitted that the police had already completed
their investigation and filed the chargesheet in the case.

There was no chance of her absconding from the process of
law as she is a permanent resident of Delhi, she claimed.

In the plea, she had claimed all witnesses in the case
are her superior officers posted outside the country and so
there was no chance for her influencing them as well.

Her plea had earlier been dismissed by CMM and a sessions
court.

The Delhi Police had filed the chargesheet against the IFS
officer on July 20 seeking her prosecution under Official
Secrets Act and Indian Penal Code.

The probe agency had cited Gupta`s purported e-mails to
claim that she used to pass on information to Pakistan
intelligence agencies through her handler Jamshed, whom she
reportedly planned to marry, and Mubashar Raza Rana.

Gupta, posted as Second Secretary, Press and Information,
at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was arrested on
April 22 by the Delhi Police`s Special Cell on the charge of
revealing classified information to Pakistani officials.

PTI