Necessary action will be taken on NY-posted diplomat`s return

Terming as "unfortunate" the incident involving diplomat Alok Ranjan Jha, accused of misbehaving with a co-passenger on board , Ministry of External Affairs said necessary follow up action will be taken after his return.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 16:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming as "unfortunate" the
incident involving diplomat Alok Ranjan Jha, accused of
misbehaving with a co-passenger on board an Air India flight,
Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said necessary follow up
action will be taken after his return.

"The Ministry is aware of the unfortunate incident.

The matter was looked into immediately. The officer since
stands transferred back to headquarters. Necessary follow up
action will be taken once he is back in New Delhi," an
official spokesperson said.

Jha, a 2002 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and
first secretary in the permanent mission in New York, has been
transferred to Delhi following the incident on January 7.

He had topped the all-India civil services exams in
2002 and had opted for the IFS as his first choice.

Jha is the second diplomat after London-based Anil
Verma, accused of beating his wife, to be transferred back to
India in less than a week`s time.

According to sources, Jha was allegedly drunk and used
inappropriate language with a co-passenger. He was travelling
to New York from Delhi after being posted as First Secretary
at Permanent Mission of India, New York.

PTI