Court extends judicial custody of Madhuri Gupta by 3 days

A Delhi court Wednesday extended by three days the judicial custody of disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing sensitive information to Pakistani intelligence officials.

Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 15:07 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday extended
by three days the judicial custody of disgraced diplomat
Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing sensitive information to
Pakistani intelligence officials.

Link Magistrate Geetanjali extended Gupta`s judicial
custody till July 24 as the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate was
on leave.

The court is likely to take cognisance of the
chargesheet on July 24.

Delhi Police had yesterday chargesheeted the IFS
Grade-B officer for passing secret information to Pakistan`s
ISI during her posting in Islamabad.

The over 700-page chargesheet and annexures filed
before Chief Metropolitan had sought the prosecution of the
officer under various provisions of the Official Secrets Act
and the Indian Penal Code.

The probe agency, citing Gupta`s purported e-mails in
the chargesheet, claimed that she used to pass on information
to Pakistan intelligence agencies through her handler Jamshed
whom she planned to marry and Mubshar Raza Rana.

"The contents of an email showed that she was in love
with Jim (Jamshed). Both had planned to get married. It is
further very clear from the content that Jim is a Pakistani.
The motive is clear and established from the email," the
chargesheet said.

The police, in the chargesheet, had claimed that she
got in touch with Rana and Jamshed after her introduction to
them by Javed Rashid, a journalist of `Jung` newspaper.

Rana created an email ID for her and asked her to send
information to a particular email ID, the chargesheet said and
also referred to recovery of two mobile phones from her
possession besides one sim card and a Blackberry having a
Pakistani sim card, the police alleged.

Police has cited 30 witnesses to buttress the charges
against Gupta.

Earlier, when Gupta was arrested in April, police had
alleged that she was given Rs one lakh for allegedly passing
secret information to ISI agents.

Gupta, 53, 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
charges of revealing classified information to Pakistani
officials.

PTI