New Delhi: A Delhi court today adjourned the
hearing on the bail plea of disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta
after Delhi Police sought time to file case laws with regard
to her plea of supplying copies of documents relied upon by
it to seek her prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja allowed public
prosecutor Rita Sharma`s plea for time to file judgements
in connection with the application of Gupta with regard to
supply of documents.
The court posted the hearing on 53-year-old Gupta`s
application for bail for September four.
Gupta is facing charges of passing secret information to
Pakistani intelligence agents during her posting in Islamabad.
The diplomat has filed her bail application for the third
time since her arrest on April 22 after being called from
Islamabad where she was posted as Second Secretary in the
Press and Information wing of the Indian High Commission.
She also filed another application seeking direction to
Delhi Police for documents including the copy of emails which
she allegedly exchanged with her handlers.
The Delhi Police had filed the chargesheet against the IFS
Grade-B officer on July 20.
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
planned to marry -- and another person named Mubashar Raza
New Delhi: Contending that most people of
Jammu and Kashmir, including areas under Pakistani occupation,
want to be with India, National Conference leader Farooq
Abdullah today ridiculed demands for "independence", saying
said the separatists were not aware of its consequences.
Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the
situation in Kashmir, the Union Minister warned that the state
would face the problems as are posed by elements like Taliban
in Afghanistan and Pakistan if it became independent.
He pressed for autonomy for the state, saying such a step
would make India truly federal and strong.
"Most Kashmiris want to find a solution to the problems
within India... We want to find a solution to the problem
within India...not in Pakistan, China or in America," said the
former Chief Minister, whose party is in power in the state.
"We want Jammu and Kashmir of Raja Hari Singh," he said
making it clear that he wanted re-integration of
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas with other parts
of the state as existed before 1947.
Making a strong plea to political parties, particularly
the BJP, to understand the sentiments of the people of the
state, he said the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, including the
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas, would remain
part of India.
"Those in Kashmir demanding `azadi` (independence) have
not realised the consequences of such a demand. Kashmir too
faces a threat from Taliban elements and a situation similar
to Afghanistan and Pakistan will arise in the state too (if
independence is granted)," Abdullah said.
He warned about the dangerous consequences of independence
as he stated that he had visited Jalalabad in Afghanistan
where he had seen that not a single building or a house was
"Is that the kind of freedom we want? Those demanding
independence, don`t they see the situation in Afghanistan," he
said, while pointing out that "Taliban and other terror groups
have wrecked havoc in Pakistan and Afghanistan."