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Indian Diplomat Madhuri Gupta Convicted for Spying, Passing Sensitive Documents to ISI

According to some emails sent by her, Gupta had fallen in love with an ISI agent by the name of Jamshed and had sent him and another ISI agent sensitive, official documents regarding government, army and defence personnel in India, as well as confidential government plans.

Souvik Mitra | CNN-News18

Updated:May 18, 2018, 6:14 PM IST
Indian Diplomat Madhuri Gupta Convicted for Spying, Passing Sensitive Documents to ISI
File Photo: Indian diplomat Madhuri Gupta

New Delhi: Madhuri Gupta, an Indian diplomat who had been posted at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, was convicted by a Delhi court on Friday for spying for Pakistan’s ISI and passing on sensitive, official information regarding India to them.

According to some emails sent by the diplomat, accessed by CNN-News18, Gupta had fallen in love with an ISI agent by the name of Jamshed and had been in contact with him.

Additional Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma held Gupta guilty and convicted her under section 3(1)(c) part 1 (punishable up to a period of 3 years imprisonment) and section 5 of the Officials Secrets Act read with 120 B of the Indian Penal Code.

The arguments on the quantum of sentence will be heard on Saturday.

Back in 2010, when 'spy' Madhuri came under the scanner in Islamabad for espionage, she was called back to Delhi where she had admitted to have committed the crime. The Delhi Police Special Cell had registered an FIR against her and arrested her on 22nd April, 2010. After eight years, the Delhi court convicted her.

While posted in Islamabad, Gupta had come in touch with ISI agents Mubshar Raza Rana and Jamshed through a Javed Rashid, a journalist working with ‘Jang’ newspaper in Pakistan.

On Gupta's interrogation, it was revealed that in the month of March, 2010, ISI agent Mubashar Raza Rana informed her that 310 "hydro-electric power projects" were proposed to be installed in Jammu and Kashmir till 2020 and Rana directed her to arrange the 'planning report' or 'Annual Plan of J and K 2010'. Gupta had accordingly, made a clandestine visit to J&K in this regard on the pretext of being on a holiday.

Gupta had also passed on information regarding various postings of officers in the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Indian Army and the High Commission of India along with their family particulars, which could have caused danger to the life and security of said officers and their families.

The other documents passed also included strategic plans by the India government on issues such as terrorism, Kashmir and India's engagement in Afghanistan.

The documents were sometimes transferred via personal meetings, but mostly by email from Gupta’s computer and Blackberry phone. Gupta had been given a special email ID created for the purpose by the ISI agents, who also had a separate ID to receive communication from her.

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