Thursday, January 10, 2008

Indian Senior Diplomat Charged with Trafficking

From the Sify News:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged senior diplomat and former Special Secretary in External Affairs Ministry Rakesh Kumar for allegedly being involved in human trafficking.

The CBI filed the charge against Kumar, a 1972 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, and certain others including an official of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy and sending people abroad on false pretexts, official sources said on Sunday.

In its chargesheet, the CBI alleged that Kumar, during his tenure as Director General of ICCR, and Tyagi had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Singh and Sharma to facilitate trafficking of nine individuals to Germany. The modus operandi adopted by the accused was to send nine people to Berlin along with a dance troupe. On arrival, these people disappeared and later filed applications seeking political asylum under changed names.

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