Court takes cognisance of chargesheet against Madhuri Gupta
A court here on Saturday accepted the chargesheet filed against disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing sensitive information to Pakistani intelligence officials.
New Delhi: A court here on Saturday accepted the chargesheet filed against disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing sensitive information to Pakistani
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja took cognisance of the charges framed against IFS Grade-B officer after going through the 700-page chargesheet which was filed by the Delhi Police on July 20.
The judge posted the matter for further proceeding on August 5.
During the brief hearing, the investigating officer informed the court that some forensic report of the hard disc recovered from Gupta`s residence is yet to come and it has
also sought sanction from the Ministry of External Affairs to prosecute the diplomat in the case.
The chargesheet and annexures filed before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate 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.