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Indian police issue chargesheet against spy diplomat

07-21-2010 11:04 BJT

NEW DELHI, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against Indian diplomat Madhuri Gupta for allegedly spying for Pakistan while she was posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad, sources said.

"The chargesheet was filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja against Gupta who has been accused by India of passing over official secrets to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence while she was at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad. She has been booked under the Indian Official Secrets Act 1923," the sources said.

The Official Secrets Act 1923 is India's anti-espionage act under which punishments range from three to 14 years' imprisonment. A person prosecuted under this Act can be charged with the crime even if the action was unintentional and not intended to endanger the security of the state.

The chargesheet will be taken up by the court Wednesday, the sources said.

The 53-year-old Gupta, posted as second secretary, Press and Information at Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was arrested in April by the Delhi police on charges of revealing classified information to Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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