New Delhi: Diplomat Madhuri Gupta, accused of passing classified information to Pakistani intelligence agencies, was on Saturday produced before a Delhi court which sent her to 14 days judicial custody.
Gupta, who was posted as IFS- Group B officer in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, was arrested on 23 April for allegedly violating The Official Secrets Act.
The woman officer was produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate Kaveri Baweja after the end of her police custody.
Madhuri Gupta comes out after her hearing in a court in New Delhi on Saturday. AFP Photo
During the chamber hearing, Delhi Police Special Cell sought two days further custodial interrogation of the accused which was, however, refused by the court.
“Madhuri Gupta is sent to judicial custody till 15 May,” Yogender Dahiya, counsel for Gupta, told reporters outside the Tees Hazari court here.
53-year-old Gupta was arrested after being called back from Islamabad where she was posted as second secretary in the press and information wing.
The official came under the scanner after she showed “extra-ordinary” interest in areas beyond her role in the information wing of the mission.
Central security agencies then involved senior MEA officials by briefing them about her activities in Pakistan which included supplying of sensitive and classified documents related to Indian activities in that country and Afghanistan.
Gupta was working in the mission for nearly three years.
She was well versed in Urdu and her services were utilized 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.
Gupta told the court that she was “innocent and was being framed”.
The diplomat’s counsel said that police had sought two days custody of Gupta for confronting her with the evidence and material collected from Pakistan.
The court, however, turned down the request.
When reaction was sought from Gupta’s counsel about newspaper reports that she fell into a “honey trap” in Pakistan, the advocate said, “She told me that nothing like that has happened. I don’t know on what basis the police is saying this.”
“Let the police come with the evidence against her. Only then one can say whether it is right or wrong,” Dahiya told mediapersons.
On being asked about the evidence police placed before the court, Gupta’s counsel said, “They don’t talk much about what evidence they have got against her because they were seeking remand only on the ground that they want to confront her with the records.”
“But they have not shown much records before the court as to what evidence they have collected against her so far. It is only the police that can comment about it whether there are sufficient evidence against her,” Dahiya added.