Senior Officials Kept in Loop
By Yatish Yadav - NEW DELHI
Published: 19th Jan 2014 11:40:15 AM
A house in a leafy lane in Lutyen’s Delhi and its inhabitants past and present played a large role in the “evacuation” of domestic help Sangeeta Richard’s husband and two children to the US.
The money—Rs 1 lakh—for the AI 101 flight tickets for the Richards were paid by Alicia May, wife of expelled US diplomat Wayne May. Alicia, who was working as community liaison officer at the US embassy, New Delhi had given her office phone number for passenger contact.
“This was done to portray that the US embassy was not directly involved in the evacuation conspiracy and individuals had taken the decision. Intelligence gathered so far in the case reveals that all senior officials were in the loop and they knew about the evacuation plan,” sources said.
Intelligence agencies are also looking into details of Indian citizens employed by the US embassy. Earlier, they had requested a list of people through proper channels. A senior official said they were informed that US has sought legal opinion from Washington over sharing the list and the process could be further delayed.
“There is an order to take appropriate action as per the law against diplomats if they are found to be violating Indian laws.” a source added.
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