Spy woman ‘may not have access to sensitive info’

The arrest of an Indian woman diplomat on charges of spying for Pakistan is the first case of `penetration` by the neighbouring country into an Indian mission, according to a former top diplomat.

New Delhi: The arrest of an Indian woman
diplomat on charges of spying for Pakistan is the first case
of `penetration` by the neighbouring country into an Indian
mission, according to a former top diplomat.

K C Singh today said Madhuri Gupta would in theory have
had limited access in her role in the information wing and
that more damage is done if it is someone in the political
wing.

Gupta, a second secretary-level diplomat, was working in
the Press and Information wing in the Indian High Commission
in Islamabad.

As a second secretary, Gupta, a IFS`B` cadre officer,
ranked low in the diplomatic hierarchy, senior only to the
entry-level third secretary.

"More damage is done if it is someone in the political
wing," he said, adding "However, it is a penetration. We
earlier had penetration by the US and East Europeans, but this
is a first from Pakistan."

"She is in the information wing, which is isolated from
the political wing and not in the most vital departments and
could not have been privy to the most sensitive of documents,"
said Singh, a former Secretary in the Ministry of External
Affairs.

Arun Bhagat, a former chief of Intelligence Bureau, called
the arrest "a matter of shame."

-PTI

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