Madhuri Gupta’s judicial custody extended

A Delhi court extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Madhuri Gupta, arrested for allegedly passing classified information to Pakistani intelligence officials.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2010, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday extended by
14 days the judicial custody of Madhuri Gupta, arrested for
allegedly passing classified information to Pakistani
intelligence officials.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao remanded Gupta, 53, to
judicial custody till June 26.

The woman officer was brought to the Tis Hazari lock-up
where the duty Metropolitan Magistrate extended her judicial
remand. She was produced before the court on May 31 through
video-conferencing.

The court had earlier rejected the bail application of
the diplomat on the ground that some officials were yet to be
examined by the investigators in respect with the case
registered against her. Forensic reports with regard to the
computer seized from her were also to come.

The Delhi Police had also submitted that they were
awaiting government sanction for prosecuting the lady officer.

Gupta was arrested on April 22 after being called back
from Islamabad -- where she was posted as Second Secretary in
the Press and Information wing -- for allegedly violating the
Official Secrets Act.

The official came under the scanner after she showed
"extraordinary" interest in areas beyond her role in the
information wing of the mission.

Central security agencies then briefed senior MEA
officials about her activities in Pakistan which included
allegedly supplying sensitive and classified documents related
to Indian activities in that country and Afghanistan.

A promotee officer of Ministry of External Affairs,
Gupta was working in the Mission for nearly three years.

She was well-versed in Urdu and her services were
utilised for translation and interpretation. Earlier, she was
posted in the Indian Mission in Kuala Lumpur and worked with
`India Perspective`, a magazine of the External Publicity wing
of MEA.

PTI